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Femicide hits all-time high in Brazil

The drop in murder rates shown by latest public security figures have been overshadowed by increasing levels of femicide, domestic violence and rape

While latest crime statistics from Brazil have shown an encouraging reduction in murder rates, trends of violence against women are very worrying indeed. Violent deaths have fallen 10.8 percent Brazil-wide in 2018, yet femicide cases have gone up 4 percent in the same period.

Femicide differs from murder, as it involves female victims who are subjected to lethal violence in connection with their gender, or domestic violence.

Meanwhile, rape and domestic violence figures have also seen increases.

This data comes from the 2019 Brazilian Public Security Annual, a yearly research project carried out by the Brazilian Public Security Forum (

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