Counting every woman who has been killed by a man in the past year

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A viral twitter account is today reporting the death of every woman killed as a result of domestic violence in the UK.

The account, Counting Dead Women, is sending out a tweet for every woman killed, in order to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

It makes for harrowing reading, with each tweet recounting the woman’s name, the day she was killed and her age. Most tweets also have an image of the woman attached.

The tweets are being sent out every five minutes and began at 9am this morning.

They are intended to remember every woman killed since the last International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 2015, a year ago today.

The Counting Dead Women twitter account was launched back in May 2013 by Karen Ingala Smith, CEO of London-based domestic violence and sexual violence charity nia.

She tweets every time a woman is killed by a man, in order to drive home the scale of the problem.

Here in the UK, two women are killed every week by a current or former partner, while one in every four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, according to charity Refuge.

A tweet has been pinned to the top of the Counting Dead Women feed to report that at least 102 women have been killed by men this year, or been killed in an attack where a man is the principal suspect. 

This amounts to one woman being killed in the UK every three days so far this year.

If you, or someone you know, is affected by domestic violence, you can find advice from charity Refuge here or contact the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline on 0808 2000 247


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