What if you do not escape?

It is a chilling fact that women are most at risk from men they know.  Three-quarters of women killed by men in the UK last year were killed by someone they knew[1].

Many of the killings were in the context of domestic violence – 64 women were killed by a current or former intimate partner.

The women who died include those who were not able to escape the abuser, as well as those who were tracked down after trying to get somewhere safe.  Many were killed by a former partner in the first few months after separation.

These should not be seen as private or isolated incidents – the ‘Femicide Census Report’ highlights similar patterns in cases across the country – and similar possible ways to prevent future killings.

It is clear that it is vital that women can find somewhere safe and supportive to escape to[2].


[1] Most of those killed by a stranger were killed in a terrorist attack.

[2] Support is available via the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, on 0808 2000 247