Global Gender safety: Excerpt from 2011 Study on Homicide

This is a blog-in-brief for when twitter isn’t enough but a full blog entry isn’t necessary.

The 2011 Global Study on Homicide  has been released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC).  It contains an interesting note on differences in homicide proportions and gender.  We can see that women’s safety from abusive partners is expected and confirmed but we don’t often remember that men make up the majority of both perpetrators and victims of crime worldwide.

The excerpt follows below:

Disparities not only exist in homicide typologies but also in their prevalence in different regions and countries, yet this study shows that intimate partner/family-related homicide is a chronic problem everywhere. Women murdered by their past or present male partner make up the vast majority of its victims worldwide, which explains why in many countries women are more likely to be murdered in the home than elsewhere.

Men, on the other hand, make up the vast majority of both victims and perpetrators of all types of crime, including homicide, and are more likely to be killed in the street. They are also more likely to be young, the street is more likely to be in a built up area and they are most likely to be killed with a gun.”

You can read the entire report at: 2011 Global Study on Homicide Copyright 2011 © United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – UNODC

Suzi Benoit @HRSociology

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