Dawson & Carrigan identify femicide locally and globally

August 28, 2020

CSSLRV researchers Myrna Dawson and Michelle Carrigan released research this month in Current Sociology that explores the utility of numerous sex/gender-related motives and indicators (SGRMIs) for distinguishing femicide from other homicides. This research uses a comprehensive database whose primary focus is documenting the characteristics of femicide. Results show that multiple SGRMIs are most common in male-perpetrator/female-victim killings other than homicides. This means that they are useful for distinguishing femicide as a distinct type of violence. However, there is weak accessibility to information with high proportions of missing data. Implications of the research conducted are discussed, including how data biases may endanger the lives of women and girls and emphasizes the need to collect data emphasizes prevention as the priority for data collection rather than administrative needs of the governments. The research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The full article can be accessed at:  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0011392120946359.