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    Fewer Murders in Rich Countries, But More Female Victims

    Worldwide, female victims account for 16 percent of violent deaths outside of conflict zones. But in a few countries, largely in rich areas with low murder rates, women make up a far higher proportion: In Western Europe, 44 percent, in Australia and New Zealand, 36 percent. In a few countries, including Austria, Switzerland and Japan, women account for more than half of victims. One explanation is that even in countries with low murder rates, domestic violence remains, and 38 percent of female victims are killed by their partners.

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