The majority of women killed by men over the past 20 years in the Republic of Ireland actually KNEW their killer.
According to new statistics released by domestic violence charity Women’s Aid, 209 Irish women have died violently between 1996 and 2016.
And out of that figure, a staggering 87 percent of these women were killed by a male partner or a man already known to them.
Sounds terrifying, right? Well, that’s why Women’s Aid has launched its Femicide Watch campaign, to raise awareness about violence against women, and to encourage victims of domestic abuse to speak out and seek help.
The organisation made a series of concerning discoveries in its report, which is the first of its kind.
Out of 164 of the cases analysed, it emerged that 89 of the women were killed by a current or former partner. A further 54 women were killed by a male relative or acquaintance, while 16 children have died alongside their mothers.
It was also found that there was an element of sexual violence in a number of the cases.
Do not live in fear; if you are affected by the subject matter in this report and need to speak to someone, contact Women’s Aid on 1800 341 900.