Domestic violence is the most common killer around the world according to a new report from the United Nations.
On Sunday the U.N released the “Global Study on Homicide: gender-related killing of women and girls”. This release was to coincide with the international day for the elimination of violence against women.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres described violence against women as a “global pandemic” in a Sunday statement marking the international day of recognition. He said: “It is a mark of shame and the manifestation of a profound lack of respect.”
The U.N. report also highlighted that women are much more likely to die from domestic violence than men are. According to the study, 18 per cent of victims are men. UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: “Women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes.”
Geographically, Asia had the most female homicides (20,000) perpetrated by intimate partners or family members in 2017. Africa is the second (19,000), followed by North and South America (8,000), Europe (3,000) and Oceania (300).
In Ireland and Northern Ireland, 60 officers received training from Fermanagh Women’s Aid in December.
Ch Insp Clive Beatty said training has given officers a better understanding of the issues facing vulnerable women. He said: “This training is to equip officers to see beyond the black eye, understand that woman’s life and how we can make it better.”
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