Myth: Two women a week are killed by their partner or ex-partner.
This ‘two women a week’ figure implies that 104 women a year are so killed. When quoted, they often refer to the ONS (Office of National Statistics) data.
What this shows is that the figure for 2018 is that 63 women were so killed, or 1.2 a week on average. We would be the first to regret any murder, but this simple mis-statement is only part of a wider picture of domestic violence.
There are around 16 men killed by their partner/ex-partner.
The figure is falling
The figure of 63/year is also the lowest figure on record. Why are women’s groups not celebrating this?
The figure is a tiny percentage
Yes, 63 deaths are awful. However, there are around 20 million male partners in the UK. This means that the chances of a women being killed by a male partner/ex-partner are 63/20,000,000 or 1 in over 300,000.
Driving a car is far more dangerous.
Add suicide deaths
Around 4000 males and 1200 females commit suicide each year. Refuge estimate that around 10% of the female suicides are related to Domestic Abuse, stress over custody of children etc. This means that around 120 women and 400 men take their own lives because of domestic abuse.
This makes the total deaths/year for women to be 63+120=183.
For men it is 16+400=416.
One men a day….
So perhaps another headline is: ‘Every week 8 men die as a result of domestic abuse by his partner or ex-partner.’