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Understanding and addressing violence against women. Femicide

Violence against women comprises a wide range of acts – from verbal harrasment and other forms of emotional abuse, to daily physical or sexual abuse. At the far end of the spectrum is femicide: the murder of a woman.
Portada Comprender y abordar la violencia contra las mujeres. Femicidio

Femicide is generally understood to involve intentional murder of women because they are women, but broader definitions include any killings of women or girls.

This information sheet focuses on the narrower definition commonly used in policies, laws and research: intentional murder of women. 


  • Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS)
  • Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS)

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NLM: WA309