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‘Excessive violence’ used to kill 58 women

MORE than 40 per cent of female deaths caused by men last year involved excessive violence, a report has found.

Of the 139 women killed at the hands of men, 58 deaths featured ‘overkilling’, where more violence is used than is necessary to kill the victim, the latest Femicide Census claims.

The report authors — charity Women’s Aid and campaigner Karen Ingala Smith — say their findings show ‘men’s violence against women and girls is not only routine, but tolerated and normalised’.

They looked at the deaths of females aged 14 and over, including 21 victims of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

Last year, 64 women (46 per cent) were killed by their current or former partner, 30 were killed by a male stranger and 24 died at the hands of a man outside their family but known to them, such as a friend or neighbour.

Ten women were killed by their sons and seven women were killed by another male family member.

Most victims (59 per cent) were aged between 26 and 55 and the majority were killed either at their home or the perpetrator’s. Women killed by men numbered 113 in 2016, 119 in 2015, and 139 in 2014. The government is expected to publish its Domestic Abuse bill later this week. Women’s Aid is calling for guaranteed funding to stop specialist support services from closing down.

The charity’s boss Katie Ghose said: ‘It is clear that not enough is being done to protect women from men’s violence and prevent more women’s lives being taken.’