UK: Call for Domestic Abuse Bill to protect specialist services as >100 women slain annaully by men
Tuesday December 18, 2018
Faces of more than 100 British women killed by men they knew last year
The latest Femicide Census suggested 58 of 139 deaths featured 'overkilling' - where more violence is used than is necessary to kill the victimBy Margaret Davis
: Women's Aid identified the victims in its latest Femicide Census (Image: PA)
These are the faces of some of the 139 women killed by men in Britain in 2017.
The latest Femicide Census, drawn up by charity Women's Aid and campaigner Karen Ingala Smith, suggested 58 of the deaths featured "overkilling" - where an excessive, unnecessary level of violence is used to kill the victim.
The report's authors looked at 139 deaths of women and girls aged 14 and over at the hands of men in 2017, including 21 victims of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
They claim that "in our society, men's violence against women and girls is not only routine, but tolerated and normalised", and are calling for funding promises from the Government to stop specialist support services closing down.
There were 113 such deaths in 2016, 119 in 2015, and 139 in 2014.
Of the victims last year, 64 women (46%) were killed by their current or former partner - when the terrorist attacks were excluded, the proportion rose to 54.2%.
: (FIRST ROW, left to right) Alison Howe, Alyson Watt, Amy Barnes, Andreea Cristea, Aysha Frade, Angelika Klis, Anita Downey; (SECOND ROW, left to right) Anne Searle, Celine Dookhran, Chloe Rutherford, Christine Archibald, Concepta Leonard, Courtney Boyle, Demi Pearson; (THIRD ROW, left to right) Eilidh MacLeod, Elaine McIver, Ellen Higginbottom, Florina Pastina, Gemma Leeming, Georgina Callander, Gillian (Nyasha) Zvomuya (Kahari); (FOURTH ROW, left to right) Hannah Dorans, Jane Hings, Jane Tweddle, Janice Griffiths, Jessica King, Jillian Howell, Joanne Rand; (FIFTH ROW, left to right) Jodie Willsher, Julie Parkin, Justene Reece, Kanwal/Bernice Williams, Katrina Evemy, Kelly Brewster, Kerri McAuley; (SIXTH ROW, left to right) Kiran Daudia, Kirsty Boden, Kirsty (aka Kirby) Noden, Lea Adri-Soejoko, Leanne Collopy, Leanne McKie, Leonne Weeks; (SEVENTH ROW, left to right) Lisa Chadderton, Lisa Lees, Marie Brown, Marjorie Cawdery, Megan Bills, Megan Hurley, Michelle Kiss; (EIGHTH ROW, left to right) Moira Gilbertson, Molly McLaren, Nell Jones, Nicola Campbell, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, Patricia McIntosh, Quyen Ngoc Nguyen; (NINTH ROW, left to right) Sabrina Mullings, Sara Zelenak, Sheila Morgan, Sinead Wooding, Sorrell Leczkowski, Teresa Wishart, Tracey Wilkinson; (TENTH ROW, left to right) Vicki Hull, Wendy Fawell. (Image: PA)
Thirty (21.6%) were killed by a stranger, including 21 women killed in terror attacks; 24 died at the hands of a man outside their family but known to them, such as a friend, colleague or neighbour; 10 women (7.2%) were killed by their sons, and seven women (4.9%) were killed by another male family member.
Most victims were aged between 26 and 55 - 82 women, 59% of the total - and the majority were killed either at their home or the perpetrator's.
Of those who were killed by their ex-partner, 12 (55%) died within the first month of separation, and 19 (87%) within the first year.
: Jodie Willsher was stabbed to death in front of Christmas shoppers at an Aldi supermarket in 2017 (Image: Facebook)
: Neville John Hord, 44, was convicted of Jodie's murder (Image: SWNS.com)
Nearly three-quarters of the 126 killers (90) were aged between 26 and 55, and most of the killings involved a sharp instrument (66).
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women's Aid, said: "Time and time again, we hear of cases where a woman has been killed by a man as an 'isolated incident', yet the latest Femicide Census report shows yet again that this is not the case.
"The majority of these cases are not isolated incidents, there are too many similarities in the circumstances where women are killed by men.
"In four in 10 cases, there was evidence that the perpetrator used excessive violence, more than was necessary, to kill the victim.
"Despite the extreme level of fatal male violence being used against women, it is clear that not enough is being done to protect women from men's violence and prevent more women's lives being taken."
: Mum-of-two Kiran Daudia, 46, was killed by her ex-husband (Image: SWNS.com)
:Ashwin Daudia, 51, killed Kiran after becoming angry that she was meeting other men (Image: SWNS.com)
The Government is expected to publish its Domestic Abuse Bill later this week, and Women's Aid is calling for guaranteed funding to stop specialist support services from closing down.
Ms Ghose added: "Our network of life-saving specialist services is not an optional extra but an essential piece of the jigsaw in our response to domestic abuse and femicide.
"They not only provide survivors with the support they need to escape abuse but they are also often the key to survivors having the confidence to report the abuse to the police in the first place.
"The Domestic Abuse Bill must protect specialist services from closure - only then can we ensure that every survivor can safely escape and rebuild her life, free from fear and abuse."
: Ellen Higginbottom, from Boothstown, near Salford, was reported missing by her family on June 16
: Mark Steven Buckley, 51, pleaded guilty to murdering 18-year-old Ellen (Image: GMP)
A Home Office spokesman said: "Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that shatters the lives of victims and we are determined to transform our response.
"This Government will be publishing a landmark draft Domestic Abuse Bill, which will include a statutory Government definition of domestic abuse, introduce new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders and establish a Domestic Abuse Commissioner.
"The Home Office has made it a statutory duty for Community Safety Partnerships to produce a Domestic Homicide Review to ensure lessons are to be learned from those who are murdered by family or those close to them.
"We have pledged £100 million to violence