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Femicide Watch collects information about murders of women in Denmark. The purpose is both to inform about the killing of women and to produce new knowledge that can be used in prevention work.

 

UN RECOMMENDATION FOR A NATIONAL FEMICIDE WATCH

In 2015, the UN called on its member states to establish a national "femicide watch". The initiative has to purpose to prevent femicides through the collection of national data on femicides, with the aim of comparing the data at national, international and global level. The aim is to identify shortcomings in national laws and policies as well as the lack of implementation of preventive measures.

 

What does femicide mean?

The CFV defines a femicide as a misogynistic killing of a woman: The woman has been killed because she is a woman. This definition is broad, but includes, among other things partner killing and killing with an honor-related or sexual motive.

In Denmark, CFV has taken the lead in incorporating the concept into both research and the wider public. Because while there is extensive literature with femicide as a central concept abroad, the term was largely unknown until recently at home. The purpose of Femicide Watch is therefore also to spread femicide as a concept. 

CFV has mapped 284 Danish femicides committed in the years 2000-2021

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ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

We are critical of publishing the women's names in connection with the visualization. Our ethical considerations for mapping the murders are both about giving the women dignity as well as making visible the collective repression of violence against women. However, we would also like to respect that relatives of homicide victims may prefer that their loved ones remain anonymous. If you are a relative and want us to remove a name, we will do so immediately. Write to project manager Betina Bay at fw@talomvold.dk.

We also offer support groups for survivors of attempted murder and relatives of femicide. Write an email to stoettegrupper@talomvold.dk 

You can read the full report here: Mini-analysis Danish femicides 2022

Now we are out with a new publication: A mini-analysis of femicides 2022.

In 2021, we at the Center for Violence Prevention (CFV) founded a Danish Femicide Watch, which collects knowledge and data about murders of women in Denmark. The purpose of the effort is both to inform about the killing of women and to produce new knowledge that can be used in the prevention work against femicide.

Unfortunately, the work is far from finished. Therefore, in CFV, with this publication we present a mapping and analysis of Danish femicides committed in 2022. In our mapping of homicides from 2022, we can conclude that one woman is killed every month, but our report also shows that we can prevent it. The prevention process is extremely important, and is both about better information, so that women dare to come forward when they experience violence, but also that we become much better at reading warning signals and risk indicators.

Based on our report and analysis, we therefore recommend:

  • General public information about violence and signs of violence
  • More funds for information, campaigns, education and activation of civil society
  • Securing continued funding for organizations that prevent violence
  • Implementation of nationwide counseling and support groups for victims of violence, perpetrators of violence and relatives
  • Violence prevention training targeted at professional groups in direct contact with citizens
  • Implementation of the eight-step model as a practical risk tool to prevent violence and murder
  • Closer cooperation between authorities
  • Faster insight into health records if violence is suspected
  • Greater focus on research into femicides in a Danish context


An international literature review of intimate partner homicide (IPH) and intimate partner violence (IPV) and an analysis of verdicts in Danish homicide cases.

Here we investigate whether the international research on IPH fits with the Danish IPH cases? Is there agreement between the international research on intimate partner homicide and what takes place in a welfare society like Denmark?

In the report, we have carried out that comparison and the results are striking.

There are three special central parameters under which the Danish IPH cases differ from the international research.

Download here: Femicide-Watch-2023

The Center for Violence Prevention has mapped 240 femicides in the period 2000-2021. The analysis shows that men are behind the vast majority of femicides, while jealousy is the most frequent motive for murder. This is now causing CFV to call out to the politicians: earmarked funds must be set aside if gender-based violence is to be prevented.

The publication on the left includes a mapping of 240 femicides committed in Denmark in the period 2000-2021.

Based on the mapping and analysis, CFV can state that jealousy is the most frequent motive behind femicides in Denmark.

At the same time, the analysis shows that the perpetrators behind the vast majority of femicides are men. Only three cases involved a female perpetrator and these murders were committed in conspiracy with one or more men.

These findings underscore the importance of preventing gender-based violence before it turns into homicide.

Download the analysis here: Femicide-Watch-Analysis-2001-2021-1

Excerpt from the report Mapping and Analysis of Danish Femicides, 2000-2021

The CFV defines a femicide as a misogynistic killing of a woman. This definition has been chosen as it is broad and thus embraces many different motives for killing and relationships between victim and perpetrator. Prior to charting 240 femicides, the CFV created a series of guidelines to help determine whether femicide is involved. The guidelines are inspired by the UN's definition of femicide, which was adopted on 26 November 2012 in connection with Vienna Declaration on Femicide.

 

  • Homicide of women by the woman's current or former partner
  • Killing of women by a person they have had a romantic/sexual relationship with
  • Killing of women as a result of an honor-related conflict (the so-called honor killings). In this case, the perpetrator can be a partner, son, uncle, cousin or other (female) family members
  • Murder of sex workers and murder with a sexual motive. The latter may include rape/attempted rape and subsequent murder
  • Killing of women on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, this includes, for example, transgender people
  • Killing of women on the basis of their gender as well as ethnicity, race and/or religion

We have made a literature review which brings together all Danish research on homicide in Denmark, with a focus on partner homicide, which is a form of femicide. Here we focus on the fact that many forms of femicide cannot be read in the available homicide statistics.

Download the literature review here: Literature review-on-partner homicide-in-Denmark-1933-2017-1

In the review of Danish research, we identified several knowledge gaps:

  • There is only one qualitative Danish study that deals with partner homicide.

  • There is no Danish research on women who have survived an attempted murder by an (ex)partner.

     

  • There is no Danish research that uncovers the delayed effects of attempted murders and their consequences.

     

  • There is no knowledge of murder (attempts) directed at men, or LGBTQIA+ people in relationships.

  • The leading researchers in the field in Denmark are forensic doctors, and in Denmark there is no social science research on the prevention of femicide. 

ANNA'S BLUE BOOK

Anna Bernsen, she/her, journalist and criminologist and former head of the Center for Violence Prevention. In 2021, Anna founded the Danish version of Femicide Watch, after her internship period at CFV. She is described by her colleagues at CFV as the thing itself – a noble. Anna is a person who leads by example. She works purposefully and has a focus on details.

Anna states:

"In the mapping of 302 murders between the years 2000-2023, we have identified that the motive for the murder in the majority of the cases was jealousy. It shows us that femicide is a problem that must be prevented through information and knowledge about gender, power hierarchies and masculinity"

Anna can be contacted at fw@talomvold.dk She is currently on maternity leave

Behind Anna is a strong team of volunteers 

As a volunteer, you help monitor femicides, collect and analyze verdicts in Danish homicide cases, write articles and much more.
We also work with information about the many annual murders through actions. The pictures below show the last two actions against femicides. 
In 2022, 10 women were killed
10 women too many
That's why we put 10 women in front of Christiansborg
In 2023, there were 7 women.
On the same day, a 24-year-old woman was killed
Most murders occur in couples. You should be safe there.