Building the UK’s First Femicide Census: Profiles of Women Killed by Men

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As far as I know, already this year, 10 UK women have been killed by men, they range between 25 and 67-years-old, the men who allegedly killed them between 27 and 75.  10 more women to add to the 126 killed in 2012, the 144 killed in 2013 and the 150 killed in 2014.  Between 2012 and 2014,  I counted and shared the names of 410 women. And now the count for 2015 begins.

Three years after starting I started recording the names of UK women killed by men, it’s with a mixture of pride, deep sadness when I think of women whose lives have been taken by men and feminist anger at the continued onslaught of male violence against women, that I’m looking forward to the launch of the Femicide Census:  Profiles of Women Killed by Men at a conference in London on 12th February.

The conference will bringing together family members of women who have been killed by men and a range of speakers to support the continuation and future development of the census, including me; Polly Neate CEO of Women’s Aid; Professor Jill Radford feminist activist and academic who co-edited Femicide: The Politics of Woman Killing; Dr Aisha Gill co-author of ‘Honour’ Killing and Violence; and Frank Mullane, Director of AAFDA (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse.

The Femicide Census has been developed through a partnership between Women’s Aid and me, with support from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Deloitte LLP. We intend it to be an important tool, enabling us to monitor fatal male violence against women and provide data to help analyse and reduce the number of women killed by men.  It’s a growing and evolving project currently providing detailed data on femicides in England committed since 2009.  If we don’t name and reveal the extent of men’s fatal violence against women and the various forms it can take, we will never be capable of a thorough enough analysis to reduce or end it.

I spoke to Tracey McVeigh from the Observer about why I started Counting Dead women and why The Femicide Census is important.  Claire Colley spoke to family members of three women who were killed by men.  You can read the piece here.

Title: Building the UK’s First Femicide Census: Profiles of Women Killed by Men
Time & date: 10:00 to 16:30, 12th February 2015‪
Venue: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HS
Cost: £25 per delegate, £20 for Women’s Aid members. No charge for delegates who have lost a family member or friend to femicide.
If you’d like to come along you can book a place here

7 thoughts on “Building the UK’s First Femicide Census: Profiles of Women Killed by Men

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  4. This is a very important project. Thank you for taking it on.

    I have read your articles “Counting dead men” and “What about the men” and I wholeheartedly agree with the points you make in them, butI think there are good reasons to extend this database to all homicide, for the following reasons:

    – many men die at the hands of a man who is primarily motivated by jealous rage or other misogynistic attitudes; Raoul Moat and Elliot Rodgers are two obvious examples that spring to mind.

    – child murder is, similarly, often a punishment for the mother or an expression of male domination

    – many gay men are killed for essentially misogynistic reasons, homophobia being intimately related to misogyny

    – as you have pointed out, many women who kill men are acting in self-defence, but we cannot quantify this without counting them

    – statistics on one selected subgroup can never be used to draw conclusions about the whole picture. It is not possible to adequately answer aggrieved chauvinists wailing “what about the men” without having a complete answer to that question.

    I truly believe that extending this project to include all homicides will provide a much better picture of the true extent to which misogyny and toxic conceptions of masculinity are responsible for violence, as well as providing an answer to those who would use the fact that men are more likely to die from violence as an illogical excuse to avoid addressing the issue.

    Whatever you decide to do, best of luck with this. It is long overdue.

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