“If I’m not in Friday, I might be dead”
Over the ten-year period from 2009 to 2018, at least 1,425 women were killed by men. Reports show that a woman is killed by a man every three days, the rise in the global pandemic means the light is not being shone on this issue. Reports also show that a woman is killed every four days by a male partner or an ex-partner. The Femicide Census lists all the woman that were killed by either a male relative, husband/partner or by strangers and acquaintances.
This alarming figure shows that there needs to be more knowledge to the public and a wider concern for women who might be in an abusive domestic setting.
“If I’m not on Friday, I might be dead” was said by a woman named Judith Nibbs, who was killed by her partner of 30 years. She said this to her colleague as he had threatened to kill her.
A lot of people have a stereotype of “why couldn’t she just walk away” or “why couldn’t she just tell people”, but a lot of the time it’s to do with the power (both physically and psychological) the perpetrators had over their victims and also just the fact of being scared because the perpetrator has threatened them.
A lot of knife crime that is spoken about in the media is to do with young people and gangs, but it’s actually the most frequent method of killing in femicides. About 47% of killings were done by sharp instrument, with the second most used method being strangulation.
Femicide is a global issue with figures showing that 137 women are killed across the world per day, by someone that they know and thought they were able to trust them.If you feel you are a victim of abuse, please contact 101 or get help by clicking here and speaking to someone from the National Domestic Abuse Helpline. For a downloadable copy of the Femicide census click here.