Thank you very much for donating to support the work of the Femicide Census. You should have received confirmation of the transaction directly from paypal but we would like to add a personal note of our own.
We started working together in 2013, and in partnership with Women’s Aid launched the Femicide Census in 2015. The project was unfunded but with pro-bono support from Freshfields, we sent out Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to all police forces and then built up information from media searches, putting the information into a bespoke website developed for us by Deloitte. A generous donation in 2015 enabled us to employ our first part-time researcher. In 2018, we were able to expand the team and began the work of preparing for the 10-year report which was released in November 2020. The Femicide Census is now an independent body, a community interest company lead by Karen and Clarrie.
Researching information about the killing of women by men is not easy. In addition to on-going support from Freshfields and Deloitte, our small team of researcher writers do an incredible job and we are indebted to their work. The process of sending out FOIs and then building upon the information we receive is repeated annually. In addition, new cases come to light and as information about the women already in the census and the men who killed them changes, these must be updated too.
As we said in our 10-year report, wanting things to be different is part of the motivation for most people involved in work to address men’s violence against women and girls, but to solve a problem, you need to first be able to say what it is. The Femicide Census is a unique collaboration of corporate support, specialists in responses to men’s violence against women and feminist activism. We could not do this work without you. Your donation will help us continue to research and analyse men’s fatal violence against women and girls in the UK. Thank you for helping us commemorate women and girls and build information that can be used to create change.
Karen Ingala Smith and Clarrie O’Callaghan