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In El Salvador, ‘Girls Are a Problem’ | The New York Times

In 2016 alone, 524 women were killed in El Salvador. Opinion piece looks at victims and survivors, role of society.
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Sep 2, 2017

For the past few years El Salvador has been listed among the world’s deadliest countries for women, and ranks first in Latin America.

-- I don’t want to go back to El Salvador. I felt afraid as a woman there more than in any other country in Latin America. I realized I had entered hostile territory while chatting with the taxi driver who picked me up at the airport, the first Salvadoran man I met. He told me he had a baby, a little darling called J. J., and showed me a photo. When I asked him if he’d like more children, he said yes, but only boys.

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Turkey's deepening tragedy of murdered women | Mail&Guardian

In the first five months of 2017, 173 women were killed across Turkey compared with 137 in the same period of 2016.
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Jul 12, 2017
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As she did most afternoons, Pinar Unluer was waiting to collect her six-year-old son from his school in Turkey’s Aegean city of Izmir. She was then shot dead in broad daylight only metres away from the school, by a man whose marriage proposal she had rejected. The 29-year-old was among 210 Turkish women killed or forced to commit suicide in 2012 in misogynist attacks by men, according to the women’s rights group We Will Stop Femicide. Since then there has been a chilling increase in the number of women killed, often at the hands of men they know.

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Femicide of Older Women

There is a lack of consensus on what age group constitutes “older people”, including older women.
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Jan 4, 2017
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In Canada, there is no set age at which a person is considered to be a senior; age thresholds may vary depending on a number of factors and range from 55 to 65 years old as a minimum requirement. Despite disagreement in defining seniority, Statistics Canada acknowledges that seniors 65 years and older represent a burgeoning proportion of Canada’s population, comprising 16% of the total population in 2011.i This percentage will continue to rise with the aging population of ‘baby boomers’, resulting in increased concerns about their social, physical, and mental vulnerability.

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Woman Killing: Intimate Femicide in Ontario, 1974-1994

Research article about numbers and trends in femicide in Ontario during the past 20 years
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Sep 10, 1999

This paper reviews major findings from our research on women killed by their intimate partners in Ontario. Between 1974 and 1994, killings by intimate partners accounted for between 63% and 76% of all women killed in Ontario. We document trends in intimate femicide, characteristics of victims and offenders, circumstances of the killings, and criminal justice responses to offenders. We also discuss the gender-specific nature of intimate femicides and identify ways in which intimate partner killings by males and females are distinctly different.

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Intimate Femicide Followed by Suicide | American Society for Suicidology

Research article that examines the Role of Premeditation Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
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Feb 9, 2005
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2005 The American Association for Suicidology, Issue online: 6 January 2011. People who kill others rarely kill themselves afterwards. When they do, they are more likely to have killed someone with whom they were intimate. Two broad types of suicidal killers have been identified in research that presumes varying degrees of premeditation. Using data on over 700 intimate femicides, the role of premeditation in cases of intimate femicide-suicide compared to killings that do not culminate in a suicide was examined.

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The Cost of 'Lost' Intimacy | British Journal of Criminology

Research Article about The Effect of Relationship State on Criminal Justice Decision Making
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Oct 9, 2003

The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 43, No. 4 (AUTUMN 2003), pp. 689-709. Socio-legal and feminist theorists argue that law varies inversely with relational distance. Several theoretical perspectives predict that defendants who victimize intimate partners from whom they are estranged will be punished more severely than defendants who victimize current partners. The article examines whether 'separation' killings draw harsher sanctions than 'intact' killings.

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1990-2015: 25 Year's of Femicide in Ontario | OAITH

Report focuses specifically on the number of women and children murdered as a result of Intimate Partner Violence in Ontario.
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Jul 4, 2017

Through a partnership between OAITH and University of Guelph Sociology Students, 25 Years of Femicide has been reviewed.

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Chiffres clés - Les morts violentes au sein du couple 2015 | Study by French Government

Chaque année, la Délégation aux victimes du ministère de l’intérieur réalise une étude pour quantifier et décrire les homicides entre au sein du couple ou entre ex-compagnons perpétrés en France métropolitaine et d’Outre-Mer.
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Jun 30, 2017
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Combating violence against women in Belgium | EIGE

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Nov 25, 2016
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The full extent of violence against women is difficult to estimate, as it continues to be under-reported and stigmatised, meaning that what actually gets reported is only a fraction of the reality. In Belgium, 77 % of the population tend to trust the police. In EIGE’s Gender Equality Index 2015 it was found that where people tend to have more trust in justice institutions, levels of disclosed violence are higher. It is estimated that in Belgium, 36 % of women have experienced violence, which is 3 % higher than in the EU overall.

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Infografic on femicides 2014 in Latin America and the Caribbean | ECLAC

According to official data from the region’s countries compiled by the Gender Equality Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean of ECLAC, 1903 women were murdered because of their gender in 15 Latin American countries and 3 Caribbean nations
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Nov 16, 2015
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Recommendations:
- Improve administrative records to learn the real number of femicides in all the region’s countries
- Foster programs to prevent all forms of violence against women to avoid femicide
- Allocate economic resources to preventing violence and providing reparations to victims

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Domestic Violence Homicide in Minnesota: Femicide Report 2014

This report is dedicated to the women, children, and men who lost their lives in Minnesota during 2014 as a result of domestic violence
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May 2, 2014

The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) tracks homicides in which the known or suspected perpetrator was a current or former intimate partner or the homicide is the result of domestic violence between current or former intimate partners. This includes family members,
friends, and interveners who are killed as a result of the domestic violence being perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner.

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Domestic Violence Homicide in Minnesota: Femicide Report 2015

Rise in domestic violence in 2015 compared to last year
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May 7, 2015

The number of Minnesotans killed due to domestic violence varies from year to year. We have seen yearly lows in the teens and highs in the 40s. Last year 23 Minnesotans were murdered due to domestic violence. This year, the number is higher. At least 34 Minnesotans were killed due to violence from a current or former intimate partner.

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