France and Germany have high femicide rates compared to rest of EU

According to Eurostat statistics, 123 women were killed by their partners or ex-partners in 2017 in France, a figure that ranks France just behind Germany. [JEROME FOUQUET / OUEST-FRANCE]

The French government is launching a series of talks about domestic violence in the country, but the issue of femicide continues to affect the entire EU. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

In France, already one hundred women have been killed by their (ex-) spouses since the start of the year. On Tuesday (3 September), the government launched a series of talks focused on domestic violence, in the presence of victims’ families.

According to Eurostat statistics, 123 women were killed by their partners or ex-partners in 2017 in France, a figure that ranks France just behind Germany.

In 2018, a total of 149 people died as a result of domestic crimes, and more than  80% of the victims are women.

More femicides in Germany than in France

In this ranking, France and Germany are far ahead of Romania (84 female deaths), the United Kingdom (70) or Italy (65). As the French 24-hour news channel BFMTV noted on its website, this figure is also related to the number of inhabitants in the country.

Taking that into account, Romania has the highest percentage of femicides. There are 4.3 deaths of women by voluntary homicide per million inhabitants, followed by Hungary (4.2), Finland (3.6) and Germany (2.3). France ranks sixth with 1.8 murders of women per million inhabitants.

The peculiar case of Northern Ireland

The case of Northern Ireland is a peculiar one. If we separate Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom, the number of femicides reaches a high level of 4.2 deaths per million inhabitants, or eight murders of women in 2017.

This is a very high figure compared to the Scottish average (0.17) or the average in England and Wales (0.13).

[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]

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