Home Is The Most Dangerous Place For Women

More than half of female murder victims last year died at the hands of their partner or family member, according to a recent United Nations study.

At least 87,000 women were murdered worldwide last year, and more than half (58 percent) by a partner or family member according to new research published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Many of these deaths could have been prevented.

The study looked at data specifically related to gender violence and "femicide", which is defined as a gender-based hate crime.

While the majority of murder victims around the world are male (80 percent), "women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes," UNODC chief Yury Fedotov told AFP.

"The fact that women continue to be affected by this type of violence to a greater degree than men is indicative of an imbalance in power relations between women and men inside the domestic sphere," Fedotov said.

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The UNODC research found women in Africa were most at risk of being killed by a partner or family member. The victim rate stood around 3.1 per 100,000 females.

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The lowest rate was found in Europe, with 0.7 victims per 100,000 female population.

The average is about 1.3.

What about Australia?

The Oceania region -- which includes Australia -- had the lowest absolute number of women killed by their partners or family.

But there's still an average of at least one woman killed by a partner or former partner each week.

Violence against women is recognised as a serious and widespread problem with enormous individual and community impacts as well as social costs.

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Australian women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner, according to Our Watch.

They're also nearly three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner

It has been estimated that violence against women is estimated to cost the Australian economy more than $22 billion a year.

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Calls for more to be done

In a joint statement, human rights experts said the #MeToo movement had achieved some progress, but said lives were still being lost.

"While the movement has broken the silence on sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence, for the most part, it has not always been followed by adequate reforms of laws and policies, nor has it produced much needed results and changes in women’s daily lives."

The study was released on Sunday, as women around the world marched to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 000. If you need help and advice, call 1800Respect on 1800 737 732, or Lifeline on 13 11 14. A range of domestic and family violence resources based around the country can be found here.