Murderers are male: the terror of male violence (with data)

Worldwide, 95% of murderers are men.

Sex differences in crime would make a whole website on its own – and should, if it hasn’t been done already. Suffice to say that the vast majority of crimes are committed by men. Violent criminals are nearly all men, and so are their victims. It’s a vexing problem.

The majority of men’s male victims are either friends/acquaintances or total strangers. This means that most of them were fighting. The majority of female victims are the men’s partners/ex-partners. There’s a qualitative difference between the sexes: men usually know they’re getting into a fight and, on some level, make a personal risk assessment. Their average chances of either winning the fight or being able to get away are far higher than women’s.

A smaller proportion of male murder victims – those who were in a weak position to start with – are in a similar predicament to female victims, and quite likely killed by men because their killer felt he should defend masculinity by beating up a woman or a gay man.

The fact that most criminals are male merits in-depth discussion beyond our current scope. FPFW will be looking further into violent crimes against women by men, because the sex differential puts us at risk. This post presents facts & statistics about murder (homicide) perpetrators and victims by sex.

95% of murderers are men
95% of murderers are men worldwide.
21% of murder victims are women.

Source: United Nations
Crimes by sex of offender, UK
Crimes by sex of offender, UK. Source: Home Office.
UK: 94% of convicted murderers are men
94% of convicted UK murderers are men.
Source: Home Office.

These homicidal males mostly murder other men.
Worldwide, four out of five murder victims are men (79%).

Murder victims are mostly men.
Homicide victims worldwide, by sex & age.
79% are male, 21% female.
Source: United Nations.

When women murder, they tend to kill men too.
In the UK, only 4 out of 50 murders are done by women (8%) but 78% of their victims are men.

Murderers and victims by sex, UK
Male murderers on the left. Half of their victims are women.
Female suspects on the right. Less than a third of their victims are women.

UK Home Office.

A man is four times more likely than a woman to be murdered.
But that picture reverses when we look at intimate partner violence (domestic violence). 
A woman is three times more likely than a man to be killed by her partner. And that partner is male.

Men are murdered by strangers or friends, women by family and partners.
Women are overwhelmingly murdered by their partner or ex.
Men are murdered by strangers or friends.
Source: Home Office.

Seven out of ten domestic murder victims are women.
Nine out of ten domestic murderers are men.

It’s a scary statistic! We’re most vulnerable in our intimate relationships, and significantly less able to fight back.

Domestic homicide in the UK
91% of the murderers are men.
72% of the victims are women.
Source: Office of National Statistics.

Worldwide, the picture’s similar to the UK – but far worse in Asia, where the UN estimates 24,000 Indian women are killed each year by their families in ‘dowry deaths’.

Woman-murderers are men
World “intimate partner” violence, 2012.
Official data only.
United Nations.


Please read a sharp analysis of the data about men murdering women on Karen Ingala Smith’s ground-breaking website.

As she points out, the problem – that men are violent, women aren’t – gets masked in all kinds of crime reporting. Even lurid news stories about a domestic murder make it sound as if the woman “was killed” – like in a traffic accident or an act of god – not “murdered”.

When the killer’s charged, the media go crazy on what a decent chap he was. How strange that such a nice man would hack his wife to bits! Gosh, he must have been upset.

Men murder 1,500 women a month in the USA. 150 a year in the UK.

If these were terrorist attacks, everyone would be screaming for something to be done.

Here’s a thought … !

Terrorists are men, murderers are men

Obviously, we don’t really want to ban men – but male violence is a serious issue. So we need to look squarely at this terrorism, and address it.


Knackered feminist.

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