Femicide: shedding light on the ‘invisible’ victims
Femicide continues to be widespread around the globe. In 2020 the global estimation of femicide shows that 47 000 women were killed by intimate partners or other family members worldwide and around 2 600 in Europe.
However, the number of victims is in fact much higher. Orphaned children, bereaved parents and siblings of murdered women are rarely considered as direct victims. Legal gaps in tackling femicide hinder their access to justice, leaving victims of femicide (family members of murdered women) feeling neglected.
EIGE’s research points to alarming findings: the lack of comprehensive institutional response to femicide not only impedes effective prevention and prosecution, but also deprives victims of necessary support and exposes them to repeated victimisation during legal proceedings.