On the 29 April 2011, the day that Kate Middleton was married to Prince William, at least two women were murdered.
Although details of the relationship between victim and perp are not known, the fact of the quick arrest of a suspect around their own age would indicate partner, former partner, or similar acquaintance. The police aren’t entirely stupid, they know the odds, the odds are roughly 60% that a woman will be killed by a partner or family member, with the next pool of suspects being friend/acquaintance.
The usual statistic for DV homicides of females is an average of two per week, here we have two in one day. And it is a holiday weekend which is not over yet, it is possible that more women will be killed. Several women were also killed over the previous holiday weekend, Easter (I should have noted their names too).
The first of the women to be found was Christine Peters, a 31yo mother of six, found dead (from stab wounds) at her home at 4.30pm on Friday. A 29yo male has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. A tribute for Christine found here.
The second young woman, was Kelsey Marie Shaw, 17yo mother of a 3yo daughter. She was found at her home, also around 4.30pm, and died later in hospital. A 19yo male has been arrested on suspicion for her murder. A tribute to Kelsey found here.
Seven children will now grow up without their mothers. As well as the loss suffered by their other family members, parents and siblings.
It is likely (extrapolating from statistics) that several hundred women were also beaten or attacked by their partners on that day too, but they survived.
Femicides by partner or ex-partner have not changed much over the last ten years, at the very least, there has been no distinct downward trend, and the range is 89 to 118 murders per annum (not including other family members), with an average of 97 per annum (still roughly two victims per week). Adding in other family members (which includes dishonour crimes) the average is 134 per annum, which is over two (2.57) women per week in total by partners, ex-partners, or other family members.
Male violence against women and children. It just has to stop.