Femicide: Understanding and Addressing Violence against Women | World Health Organization 2012

onto Definitions of Femicide

publication date: 
Nov 20, 2012
This information sheet by the WHO focuses on the narrower definition commonly used in policies, laws and research: intentional murder of women.
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Femicide is generally understood to involve intentional murder of women because they are women, but broader definitions include any killings of women or girls.

Femicide is usually perpetrated by men, but sometimes female family members may be involved. Femicide differs from male homicide in specific ways. For example, most cases of femicide are committed by partners or ex-partners, and involve ongoing abuse in the home, threats or intimidation, sexual violence or situations where women have less power or fewer resources than their partner.