2023 Research Brief on Femicide by UNODC and UN Women

Global estimates of female intimate partner/family-related homicides in 2022


According to this latest research brief by UNODC and UN Women, "nearly 89,000 women and girls were killed intentionally in 2022 across the globe" - "the highest yearly number recorded in the past two decades". It also finds that the increase in female homicides "occurred despite a drop in the overall number of homicides". 

Other data presented in the brief refers to the different world regions. The authors caution, however, that no trend can be estimated over time for Oceania, Asia, and Africa due to limited data availability.

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On average, more than 133 women or girls were killed every day by someone in their own home.

Key findings

55 per cent (48,800) of all female homicides are committed by family members or intimate partners, underscoring the disturbing reality that home is far from a safe haven for women and girls.

This means that, on average, more than 133 women or girls were killed every day by someone in their own home.

In contrast, 12 per cent of homicides against males are perpetrated in the home.  

For the first time since UNODC began publishing regional estimates in 2013, Africa surpassed Asia in 2022 as the region with the highest number of total victims (20,000).

Africa also witnessed the highest number of victims relative to the size of its female population (2.8 victims per 100,000 women), although the estimates are subject to uncertainty due to limited data availability. 

Femicides committed by intimate partners or family members in North America increased by 29 per cent between 2017 and 2022, in part due to improved recording practices.

Such killings also increased in the Caribbean by 8 per cent over the same period, while decreasing in Central and South America by 10 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively.

Europe also experienced a 21 per cent average reduction in these kinds of femicides since 2010.  

Source: UNODC official press release, available at: https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/press/releases/2023/November/more-women-and-girls-killed-in-2022-even-as-overall-homicide-numbers-fall--says-new-research-from-unodc-and-un-women.html




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