Death by spouse, boyfriend, or ex-

This display in Valparaiso, Chile, is an attempt to raise public consciousness of women who have been killed by acts of domestic violence.

According to the US Department of Justice, female murder victims -- in the United States --are substantially more likely than male murder victims to have been killed by an intimate (i.e., spouse, ex-spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend).

In recent years
· About one third of female murder victims were killed by an intimate.
· About 3% of male murder victims were killed by an intimate.
· Of all female murder victims, the proportion killed by an intimate has been increasing.
· Of male murder victims, the proportion killed by an intimate has dropped.


photo: eliseo fernandez

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