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Women are most likely to be killed by partners, family members

Women hold up signs with the names of women who were killed in Spain by their partners this year.
Women hold placards with the names of all women who were killed by their partners this year in Spain. Photo: Jesus Merida/SOPA Images, LightRocket via Getty Images

Of the 87,000 gender-related homicides of women and girls around the world in 2017, more than half of the victims were killed by intimate partners or family members, according to a new UN report.

Why it matters: Women are much more likely to be killed by someone they know. In terms of raw numbers, men are more likely to die from homicide — making up 80% of the total number of victims in 2017 — but are much more likely to be killed by strangers. The trend illustrates how "women continue to bear the heaviest burden of lethal victimization as a result of gender stereotypes and inequality," according to the report.

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