Domestic Homicide or Intimate Partner Homicide?
The ONS defines domestic homicide as including the following: spouse, cohabiting partner, boyfriends/girlfriend, ex-spouse/ex-co-habiting partner, ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, adulterous relationship, lover’s spouse and emotional-rival as well as son/daughter, parent (including step and adopted relationships), which is broader than the generally understood partner or ex-partner to more closely align with the government definition of domestic violence.
Intimate partner homicides are a subset of this and are committed by cohabiting partner, boyfriends/girlfriend, ex-spouse/ex-co-habiting partner, ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, adulterous relationship, lover’s spouse and/or emotional-rival.
Domestic Violence – Who gets killed?
More women than men are killed in the context of ‘domestic homicide’, 315 women in 3 years compared to 117 men. Women were 73% of all victims of domestic violence homicide, men were 27% of all victims of domestic violence homicide.
Domestic Violence – Who gets killed by whom?
Women killed in the context of ‘domestic homicide’ are more likely than men to be killed by members of the opposite sex: Of the 315 female victims of ‘domestic homicide’, 304 (97%) were killed by men. Of the 117 male victims of ‘domestic homicide’, 37 (32%) were killed by women
Domestic Violence -Who kills?
Intimate Partner Violence – Who gets killed?
More women than men are killed by a partner/ex-partner, 243 women in 3 years compared to 60 men. Women were 80% of all victims of intimate partner homicide (243/303), men were 20% of all victims of intimate partner homicide (60/303)
Intimate Partner Violence – Who kills?
Intimate Partner Violence – Who gets killed by whom?
Men killed by current or ex-intimate partners are more likely than women to have been killed by someone of the same sex. Of the 60 male victims of intimate partner homicide, 27 (45%) were killed by men, 33 (55%) were killed by women. Of the 243 female victims of intimate partner homicide, 2 (1%) were killed by women, 241 (99%) were killed by men.
Of those killed in the context of intimate partner homicide by someone of the opposite sex, women were 88% (241/274) of victims, men were 12% (33/274), i.e. women are more than 7 times more likely to be killed by a man, than men are by a women in the context of intimate partner homicide.
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Karen is there a breakdown of ethnicity/faith?
Sorry my reply is so late Rani.
I started trying to capture race and ethnicity (and also professions) when I started but whether or not articles referred to it was inconsistent that i couldn’t find the info for most cases. Guessing via names was too open to error and subjectivity etc etc too. Photos aren’t always available either (and although i can’t measure this because of the reasons above, I’m petty sure BME women are less likely to have a photo and/or be reported in national media. So in the end, I’ve had to stick to variables that are almost always reported. I just couldn’t get the information.
We’re trying with the femicide census though.
Karen could you do or include the figures for Scotland at all?
I use your work for my work here in Glasgow.
I include women from Scotland in Counting Dead Women but unfortunately the ONS data is for England and Wales only.
This is really useful, careful analysis. Thanks so much. I’m going to use it in teaching Sociology and Criminology students on my Intimate Partner Violence module (will properly acknowledge the source, of course!) as part of helping them navigate the mis/information about ‘who does what to whom’ in intimate partnerships.
Thank you. Particularly appreciated coming from you.
Do you mind if I share this on my blog Karen? I wrote something about the Archers storyline and would love to follow up with your research here.
Not at all, as long as you acknowledge the source.
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Important and informative. Thank you!
Just two notes – the graph for Intimate Partner Violence – Who gets killed? looks wrong. It does not look like an 80/20 split. It looks more like a 70/30 (or so) split.
And the text on Domestic Violence – Who gets killed by whom? is a little off – the first category says Women killed by men 304/15 – 70%. I assume the 304/15 is a typo.
Thank you very much – amends done!