9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN33 Women's and Gender Studies

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 The Gender Construction of Criminalisation and Violence Against Women Building II, C4.02

Wife Murder: How This Cross European Phenomenun Due to Gender Inequality Continues to Be a Salient Concern to Everyone

During the last five years (2004-2008) more than a hundred women were murdered by their husbands, ex-husbands, boyfriends and ex-boyfriends. These numbers show how dramatic this problem is in Portuguese society.
In order to try to understand the range of this phenomenum, we will present the analysis of the data considering the following variables: women?s age, social background, previous history of domestic violence suffered by these women, the nature of the intimate relationship, the existence of reports to authorities, the age and background of the offenders, the weapon used in the crimes, the regions where the murders occurred, children eye witnessing and the months of the year the murders took place. The analysis ultimately tries to understand the ambiguities that result from particular instances of discourse that people?s utterances follow, when they take part in different domains of social life, and in this case being the media discourse as a social practice.
Besides the analysis of these data, it will be presented content analysis of some court decisions related to these crimes in order to show how juridical Portuguese system deals with this dramatic social problem.