1. The murder of women as a result of intimate partner violence
•A study from the UNODC has revealed that in many countries, intimate partner and/or family-related homicide is the major cause of female homicides.
•Intimate-partner femicide is likely to be significantly underreported.
•One study from the Daphne Programme indicates that there are approximately 3,500 intimate partner violence-related deaths every year in Europe. In fact, women account for more than 77% of all victims of intimate partner and/or family related homicide, with women between the ages of 35 and 44 at noticeably higher risk.
•In 2010, 127 women were killed by their partner in Italy. Roughly two women per week are killed by an intimate partner in the United Kingdom.
•In Honduras and Costa Rica, 60% of femicides are perpetrated by an intimate partner or male family member.
•In Mexico, 60% of women murdered by their partners had previously reported domestic violence to public authorities.
•The United States Department of Justice observed that in 2008, firearms were the most commonly employed weapons used by men to murder women in the United States. Male intimate partners were responsible for nearly two-thirds of the murders.
•A doctor of the American Medical Association stated that, “one-third of all women's injuries coming into our emergency rooms are no accident. Most are the result of acts of violence. And frequently they occur over and over until the woman is killed.”
•The main problem is that domestic and/or intimate-partner violence is not visible, as violence is widely accepted as a legitimate part of family life by both women and men.