Eighty-eight percent of the perpetrators were known by the victim either intimately or as an acquaintance.
A total of 1,193 women have been murdered in Argentina since June 3, 2015, when the first #NiUnaMenos (Not One More) marches were held in Buenos Aires, which shone a light internationally on the problem of violence against woman.
According to data released Thursday by a gender violence watchdog group named Now They See Us, from that first demonstration, which has become an annual event in many cities around the world, a woman in Argentina has been murdered every 30 hours.
From the start of 2019 to May 20, 133 femicides have been recorded, of which 121 were deaths of women and the other 12 were children related to them.
A majority of the murders, 52, occurred in the province of Buenos Aires, followed by Cordoba, with 12. These crimes left 84 children orphaned.
Eighty-eight percent of the perpetrators were known by the victim either intimately or as an acquaintance: 42 percent were partners, 21 percent ex-partners, 14 percent were relatives, 11 percent were casual acquaintances, and 2.5 percent were strangers.
Also, 17 of every 100 murdered women had reported abuse, and eight of every 100 had restraining orders in place issued by the courts.
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En el marco de un nuevo aniversario del Ni Una Menos el Observatorio de las violencias de género AHORA QUE SI NOS VEN dará a conocer los datos de femicidios correspondientes a los últimos 4 años. pic.twitter.com/osXk6Hnqlo
"The number of femicides is alarming. For years, we have not been able to reduce the number of femicides in Argentina and the government of Mauricio Macri does not implement any public policies aimed at eradicating violence against women," said Raquel Vivanco, president of the observer.
The data will be presented officially on May 30 in the country’s Chamber of Deputies, where the group will also disclose a report on how much progress the media has made in treating cases of murder of women not as "crimes of passion" but referring to the legal concept of "feminicide" or "femicide," as it is known in Argentina.
Vivanco warned that women will continue to be killed daily if the necessary measures are not taken.
Different social organizations counted between 259 and 273 femicides in Argentina in 2018, figures taken from reports of deaths that appeared in the press.