1. ITV Report

South Wales police force area had second highest number of women killed by men

A new report has found that the South Wales police force area had the second highest number of women killed by men across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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The report found that 113 women were killed by men in Wales, England and Northern Ireland between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016.

9 in 10 women were killed by men they knew, and 85 women killed by men were killed at their home.

85 women were killed by men in their home.

The number of women killed by men per police force area is greatest in three areas with South Wales Police's area seeing 8 women killed by men.

It comes a close second to the Metropolitan police area, followed by Greater Manchester police area.

Unlike these other forces, which have significantly larger population sizes, South Wales also features in the top five areas having the highest rate of femicides per population for that year. Three quarters of the women killed by men in the South Wales Police force area were killed by intimate partners.

Of the 113 women killed by men across Wales, England and Northern Ireland, 13 (12%) were killed in Wales.

Over three quarters of women killed by a former intimate partner were killed within the first year of separation.

Femicide, which is the killing of women and girls by men, usually because they are women, is a devastating violation of human rights.

That at least thirteen women were killed by men in Wales in 2016, with a further 100 women killed by men in England and Northern Ireland, is a stark and devastating reminder about the scale of this most extreme form of male violence against women which is caused by and further contributes to women’s inequality.

– Eleri Butler, Chief Executive, Welsh Women’s Aid

These figures demonstrate precisely why tackling violence against women and girls across South Wales is a key priority for both myself and the Chief Constable.

The high level of such attacks illustrates why we have put such great emphasis on the importance of partnership working to achieve earlier identification and intervention so that we can collectively safeguard victims and ensure that they receive the very best care and support.

In South Wales we are taking the initiative to challenge perpetrators having joined with three Forces in England to introduce a ground breaking approach to perpetrator interventions and to break the cycle of offending.

– Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner