The feminicide problem in the U.S.

Every day, dozens of women are killed by men in the U.S. For this professor, it's time to call it what it really is: feminicide.

1 out of 5 women will die at the hands of their intimate partners

According to Dr. Jodie Roure, an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, this statistic highlights the unfortunate truth of this type of crime — feminicide. This term used when a woman is killed, in most cases by a man, because of her gender.

Home is the most dangerous space for women

The United Nations recently released a report that revealed that home is the most dangerous space for women across the world. More than half of the homicides committed against women each year are done by their intimate partners which is horrifying and why it needs to be talked about.

When can we have the discussion?

Feminicide is not being widely discussed in the United States. It is not a popular term here. However, it’s an emerging concept across other parts of the world, specifically in Latin America, where women at the grassroots level are dedicated to spreading awareness on the reality that women are dying at the hands of their intimate partners for the sole reason being their gender. Movements like this arise when the law alone is not enough.

The law is not enough

Feminicide is not a popular topic amongst politicians; this is likely because no one wants to have a high incidence of feminicide in their backyard. Yet, if this topic is actually discussed, incorporated into the law, and data is collected, people are going to start realizing how massive this global problem is.

Data is a mobilizing factor to effect change which is why it’s so important

There is not one centralized location where feminicide data is collected; the data is not being collected in a unified way. There are women across the United States who are gathering this type of data. They are not statisticians, but it is a helpful starting point that can be used to bring attention to these horrific crimes and save the lives of so many women.


02/11/2020 11:19 AM
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  • MaryAnn B.
    5 days

    Whatever you want to call it it is the same thing and we've been aware that it has been happening for a very very long time. It is talked about and naming it a clinical name is not going to change it. Sorry I may sound negative but . . . .I've lived the life and sometimes it surprises me I'm still alive, made it out safe. What we need to change is the way we teach our daughters and our sons how to treat each other. Respect is one behavior that should be taught right off the bat.

  • Sunita M.
    6 days

    Whatever. I asked for help no one did. Mabe they watch me Die

  • Keith S.
    7 days

    1 in 5? Really.

  • Lenny G.
    02/21/2020 02:43

    Not True.

  • Elizabeth S.
    02/20/2020 23:17

    If they hurt you once they will do it again . Personally JUST walk away I did and so glad I did.

  • Dian G.
    02/16/2020 17:42

    All I can say is if a woman or her child is abused by husband or boyfriend the first time an iron skillet or a baseball bat the very first time maybe will help solve some of this the men are bully's and are picking on someone that they think are weaker than they are stand up for yourself

  • Erik J.
    02/16/2020 05:10

    we aren't talking about it in the US because your using world statistics when it doesn't apply as much in the US.. it's also on the decline since 1996 in the US dated to 2016 based on the FBI statistics..

  • Michael D.
    02/15/2020 04:47

    Across the world is the keyword its not here by a long shot.use across the world for almost anything and it will be bad just saying

  • Bill S.
    02/14/2020 23:02

    Worldwide, more women than men are sex traffickers.

  • Bill S.
    02/14/2020 23:01

    45% of domestic abusers are women. Let's focus on that, too.

  • Brian G.
    02/14/2020 07:26

    Teach your girls to fight, and recognize dangerous situations....

  • Brian G.
    02/14/2020 07:25

    Inflamo news... designed to scare you...

  • Mirna M.
    02/14/2020 04:35

    Not because of her gender, but because of violent men.

  • Maxwell d.
    02/14/2020 02:47

    Shouldn't it just be femicide though? Since homicide is essentially killing a man/brother at it's root, but feminicide would be the killing of... Feminists? I guess?

  • Jonathan C.
    02/13/2020 22:22

    No still very much Homicide! Also FYI I think you will find the Man on Man rate is higher...or is that Manicide?

  • Mary M.
    02/13/2020 21:38


  • Timothy T.
    02/13/2020 12:34

    Why would a man kill a woman just because she's a woman? Wouldn't there have to be a lot of underlying issues going on in that type of toxic relationship other than her being just a woman?

  • Angel R.
    02/13/2020 05:29

    Sorry but Not true

  • Marcia A.
    02/12/2020 16:22

    You doing a good job. I love it.

  • Hodi E.
    02/12/2020 07:50

    The number is crazy just like this woman. And then people say that majority of feminists are not crazy, and they are nice. Look this woman, hear what she is saying and think about it a little bit logically. Life is not a line. The reason behind Killing someone is not always this simple. There is a back story for everything. We humans tend to overly simplify everything, especially cases like this. Violence, murder, and crime is not simple thing. Every person has a background for it. Same with domestic violence. Mostly when it's happening man is labeled as the main a hole. But his side is the story is ignored. Maybe one woman get killed or abused because her partner was an a'hole douchbag, but maybe another one was killed because she was the a'hole who bullied her partner who couldn't take it more and killed her to free himself, or just started beating her because he had enough from the verbal abuse. Maybe the third one just found a man who is mentally unstable. The fourth one found someone who has superiority complex. We don't know what is going on in these household. What are the starting points. What are the factors. Alcoholism, drugs, bad social status, money, cheating, sexual life, mental health, past untold trauma atc. We don't know these back stories. We don't know the starting points. Life is not simple thing. Nobody deserves to be killed or abused, verbally or physically. Simplifying these things will only cause more conflict between the two sides.