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38% of female murders domestic

More than a third of women murdered around the world are killed by their partner, a study has shown.

They are six times more likely to be murdered by a partner than men who are victims of homicide.

Countries in south-east Asia top the list of those with the highest rates of "domestic" killings of women by intimate partners.

In those countries, almost 60% of murdered women are partner victims. Richer parts of the world, including England and Wales and the US, also have high rates of more than 40%.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London compiled data on nearly 500,000 homicides from 66 countries.

They found that partners are responsible for 38.6% of all murders of women compared with 6.3% of murders of men.

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