Femicide census reports dating from 2009 – 2020

Femicide report for 2020

Femicide report 2020

Released on 13th February 2022, the femicide census is the most comprehensive study of the women killed by men in the UK in 2020.

Key findings from the femicide census 2020

110 women were killed by men in 2020

111 men have been implicated in their killings, but to date only 79 men have been found guilty or, or pleaded guilty to the killing of a woman, or otherwise have been held responsible for the killing in the cases where the perpetrator was detained under the mental health act or died by suicide prior to conviction

57 women (52%) were killed by current or former partners.
14 women (13%) were killed by their son, nine women (8%) were killed by a stranger
77 killings (70%) took place in the home (that of the victim and perpetrator, that of the victim or that of the perpetrator).

42 women (38%) were killed by men using a knife or sharp instrument, 24 (22%) involved strangulation or asphyxiation 16 (15%) involved a blunt instrument and 14 (13%) involved hitting, kicking or stamping

The killings of 49 women (45%) would be described as overkill  (defined as the use of excessive, gratuitous violence beyond that necessary to cause the victim’s death)

There was a known history of violence and abuse by the perpetrator of the victim in 43 (48%) of cases
42 (53%) perpetrators were known to have previous histories of violence against women
47 perpetrators (60%) were found guilty of murder (including double murder for 8%)
14 perpetrators (19%) were found guilty of manslaughter including culpable homicide
At the time of writing 32 men (29%) are awaiting trial

9 men  killed themselves as well as the victim

Previous femicide reports

2019 report

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10 year report 2009-2018 report

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2018 report

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2017 report

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2016 report

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2009 - 2015

Download the report of femicides committed between 2009 and 2015