Femicide is an extreme form of gender-based violence, defined broadly as ‘the killing of a woman or girl because of her gender’. EU and international institutions use various terms to refer to femicide, including ‘gender-related killing of women’ and ‘feminicide’.

In 2020, 47 000 women and girls worldwide were killed by their intimate partners or other family members. In 2019, while women accounted for only 19 % of total homicide victims, they comprised:

  • 82 % of intimate partner homicide victims
  • 64 % of all intimate partner/family-related homicide victims.

Only with a strong evidence base and solid data is it possible to generate and implement appropriate knowledge-based measures to combat intimate partner femicide.

Administrative data is information that is created when people interact with public services (e.g. law enforcement, court systems and healthcare institutions). Even though administrative data is primarily collected for administrative purposes, it plays an important role in monitoring the implementation of policies and in assessing the effectiveness of the state response.