Femicide in Portugal during the COVID-19 pandemic

Western Europe


The Observatory of Murdered Women (OMA) of Women’s Association Alternative and Response (UMAR), a Portuguese NGO, publishes every year data about murdered women, including femicides and attempted femicides reported by the press.

External Authors

Maria José Magalhães
Sónia Soares
Elsa Branco
Cátia Pontedeira
Camila Iglesias
Carolina Magalhães Dias
During March, April, and May, Portugal underwent extreme measures imposing restrictions of movement and social isolation. Between the 18th of March and the 3rd of May, the National State of Emergency was in place, imposing mandatory lockdown. This report highlights data collected by OMA relating to femicides, attempted femicides, and death threats reported by the Portuguese press between the 1st of March and the 31st of May of 2020.




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