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UK News Number of female homicide victims at highest level since 2006

04:35  14 february  2020
04:35  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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There were 241 female victims of murder, manslaughter and infanticide in the 12 months to the end of March 2019, up 10% on the previous year. The number of separate homicide incidents rose to 662, up from 644 the previous year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The number of female victims of homicides in England and Wales rose by 10% in the year up to March 2019, to the highest number since 2006 , official figures show. Almost half (48%) of female victims were killed in a domestic homicide , with the suspect a partner or ex-partner in 38% of cases.

a woman sitting on a couch: Some 241 females were victims of murder, manslaughter or infanticide in the 12 months to March 2019 (Dominic Lipinski/PA) © Dominic Lipinski Some 241 females were victims of murder, manslaughter or infanticide in the 12 months to March 2019 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The number of women and girls killed in homicides in England and Wales soared by nearly 10% in a year to the highest in more than a decade, official figures show.

Some 241 females were victims of murder, manslaughter or infanticide in the 12 months to March 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The rise from 220 the previous year is the second annual increase and the highest number since the year ending March 2006, when there were also 241.

Almost half (48%) of the adult women were killed in a domestic homicide – an increase of 12 to 99 (14%) from the year to March 2018.

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The number of females killed in Britain reached its highest levels since 2006 . There were 671 victims of homicide in total, 5%, fewer than the previous year. This is the first fall since 2015, partly due to the London and Manchester terror attacks and the Shoreham air crash which were included in

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a close up of a map: (PA Graphics) © Provided by PA Media (PA Graphics) Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, described the figures as “horrendous”, but said they were “no surprise whatsoever” and an “inevitability” in light of cuts to public services over the years.

She told the PA news agency: “In a week where the Government has shown it can quickly act to change legislation where the risk of homicide is prevalent, I have no idea why the same level of urgency is never given for murders of women and girls.

“When you degrade the escape routes, when you make women poorer, when you cut the council budgets for vulnerable children, when you reduce the police and increase the number of perpetrators released under investigation, you endanger women and children.”

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There were 241 female victims of murder, manslaughter or infanticide in the 12 months up to March 2019 - a 10% increase on the 220 recorded the year before - and the highest total since the year ending March 2006 . And almost half - 48% - of the victims were killed in a domestic homicide , with

Is highest number since the year ending March 2006 , when there were also 241. Almost half (48 per cent) of the adult women were killed in a domestic Shockingly, 14 female babies under the age of one and 13 female children aged between one and four were homicide victims in that same time.

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The ONS report said female victims were most likely to be killed in or around a home, accounting for 71% (170) of offences.

And the suspect was a partner or ex-partner in nearly four in 10 (38%, or 80) killings of adult women, up 17 from 63 the previous year, but similar to the average of 82 a year over the last decade.

One of those victims was Kay Richardson, 49, who was beaten and strangled to death by her estranged husband Alan Martin, 53, in September 2018, just days after he had been arrested for allegedly raping her.

a close up of a map: (PA Graphics) © Provided by PA Media (PA Graphics) End Violence Against Women Coalition director Sarah Green said: “This rise in domestic violence murders is extremely worrying.

“We need an urgent, detailed examination of every case and what failings they have in common.”

Alex Mayes, external affairs manager at charity Victim Support, said: “It is deeply disturbing to see that more women are being killed, in part due to a rise in homicides as a result of domestic abuse.

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“Working with the families bereaved by murder and manslaughter, we know that the impact of these crimes is devastating to both families and communities.

“These statistics highlight the fatal impact of domestic abuse, and show how much more needs to be done to tackle abuse and keep victims safe.”

a close up of a map: (PA Graphics) © Provided by PA Media (PA Graphics) Homeless charity Crisis is calling for the Government to guarantee a safe home for anyone fleeing domestic violence in the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill.

Hannah Gousy, head of policy and external affairs at Crisis, said: “These figures are a devastating reminder of why it’s so important for women experiencing domestic violence to have somewhere safe to escape to, and how our continued failure to act is having fatal consequences.

“We know that leaving an abuser can be one of the most dangerous times, but currently we’re leaving women with no option but to return to the very place and person they were trying to flee from, because they have nowhere else to go.

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A shocking 99 female homicide victims were killed in a domestic setting, Office for National The number of baby girls and toddlers killed in the period also reached a decade high , with homicide A further 41 were strangled, the second highest number in the last 10 years, highlighting the scale of

HOMICIDE . A study of intimate partner homicides found that 20% of victims were not the intimate partners themselves, but family members, friends, neighbors, persons who intervened, law 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these murder suicides are female .8.

The number of baby girls and toddlers killed in the period also reached a decade high, with homicide victims including 14 females under the age of one and 13 toddlers aged between one and four.

These are the highest numbers since the earliest available figures, when six female babies and eight children aged between one and four were killed in the year to March 2009.

a screenshot of a cell phone: (PA Graphics) © Provided by PA Media (PA Graphics) There were 662 separate homicide incidents in the 12 months to March 2019 – up 3% from the 644 the previous year and the highest since 2008, when there were 712.

Overall, there were 671 victims of homicide, 33 or 5% fewer than the previous year – the first fall since 2015.

However, this was partly due to those killed in the London and Manchester terror attacks and the Shoreham air crash being included in the 2018 figures.

The ONS said the drop in offences recorded in the 12-month period was driven by a fall in male victims, which dropped 11%, from 484 to 429.

But the majority of victims, just under two thirds (64%), were male and just over a third (36%) were female.

The most common method of killing continued to be stabbing, with 259 homicides committed with a sharp instrument, down 8%, with a fall of 23 offences, on the previous year.

Every crime committed near where you live in 2019 .
How safe is where you live? Find out with our interactive mapIn 2008/9, police in Wales logged 236,614 crimes such as burglary, assault and theft on its database. By 2019, this figure had risen to 315,346.

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