39% Of Icelandic Murders Related To Domestic Violence - The Reykjavik Grapevine

39% Of Icelandic Murders Related To Domestic Violence

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The City of Reykjavík has released some troubling figures on murder and domestic violence in Iceland.

MBL reports that, according to a yearly report on gender statistics released by the city’s human rights office, there have been 56 murders in Iceland from 1980 to 2015. Of these, 22 were connected to domestic violence.

During this time period, 40 men and 16 women were murdered. Of these, 11 men and 11 women were murdered in circumstances connected directly to domestic violence.

The report also offered other gender-related figures. For example, between 2000 and 2014, 554 Icelanders committed suicide. That majority of them, or 419, were men.

There is also a lopsided distribution of men and women in positions of management in Iceland. No women lead any neighbourhood sports clubs in Reykjavík, and women were in the minority at a great number of management positions in local media.


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