The most dangerous place for a woman is in her own home. So says a new study from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. The study found that intimate partners or family members are responsible for the majority of female killings around the world.
The study explains that the majority of murder victims are men. But their killers are usually strangers. Women, the report states, are far more likely to be murdered by someone they know.
İn 2017, about 87,000 women around the world were murdered. More than half of them, 58 percent, were killed by intimate partners or family members. Thirty percent of those murders were carried out by current or former lovers.
The report found that often these murders are not random. Rather, they are usually the result of past gender-related violence against the victim. When an intimate partner murders a woman, the report states that jealousy and fear of abandonment are among the reasons.
However, it adds that women “are also killed by fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters and other family members because of their role and status as women.”
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