More visibility of female murder victims

Police tape at crime scene with police car. | Newsreel
A new dashboard will feature the number of women murdered by partners. | Photo: Stringer image (iStock)

A new online dashboard will provide real-time data on female victims of intimate partner homicide.

Federal Women’s Minister Katy Gallagher said the statistical tool, launched today, would help drive a shared ambition to end violence against women and children in Australia by providing more timely reporting on the crime.

“We know that to end violence we must be able to measure it. Accurate, verified, closer to real-time data is crucial to achieving this aim,” Senator Gallagher said.

Operated by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), the dashboard will feature data updated quarterly in collaboration with state and territory jurisdictions.

The first release includes data from January to March 2024, and shows five murders committed over that time.

Senator Gallagher said 89 percent of victims of intimate partner homicides in 2022-23 were women.

“Every single one of these lives lost is a tragedy. We all have a role to play in ending violence against women and we know that all governments have more work to do.

“The dashboard will allow for more timely reporting and enable police, governments, policy makers, and all those who are working to end violence against women and children, to better understand the scale of the issue and develop priority responses.”

She said the dashboard only contained verified incidents where an offender had been charged, or would have been charged if they were not deceased, and may be revised as more information was provided.

“The dashboard data refers to incidents where a woman has been killed by an intimate partner, and is not a list of all women killed during that time.”

The dashboard can be found on the AIC website.

female murders