Mexico: Number of Femicide Victims, by year
YearNumber of cases
2023827
2022959
2021981
2020947
2019944
2018898
2017742
2016608
2015413
  • Region: Mexico
  • Time period: 2015 to 2023
  • Published: Jan 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Apr 9, 2024 | Published by: Statistico | About Us / Data / Analysis

Overall Trend in Femicide Cases

Between 2015 and 2023, femicide cases in Mexico demonstrated a significant upward trend, with the number of cases increasing from 413 in 2015 to 827 in 2023. This increase reflects a disturbing growth in violence against women over the nine-year period, underscoring the urgency for effective interventions.

Peak and Decline of Femicide Cases

The data indicates that femicide cases peaked in 2021 with 981 reported incidents, marking the highest annual figure within the observed period. Subsequently, a decline was observed, with the number dropping to 827 cases by 2023. This reduction may suggest the impact of measures taken to address the issue, although the numbers remain alarmingly high.

Comparison of Recent Years

The comparison between 2022 and 2023 reveals a decrease in femicide cases, from 959 to 827, respectively. This 13.8% reduction in cases is notable, suggesting a positive direction in the fight against femicide, yet indicating the need for sustained efforts.

Long-term Growth Rate

Analyzing the long-term trend from 2015 to 2023, the data reveals an overall increase of 100% in the number of femicide cases, doubling from 413 to 827. This doubling effect over eight years highlights the escalating crisis of femicide in Mexico.

Year-over-Year Changes

Significant year-over-year increases were notably observed between 2015 and 2016, and between 2016 and 2017, with cases rising by 47% and 22%, respectively. These periods represent some of the most substantial annual increases, emphasizing periods of acute crisis.

Frequently Asked Questions

How have femicide cases in Mexico trended in recent years?

Femicide cases in Mexico have shown a significant upward trend, increasing from 413 cases in 2015 to 827 cases in 2023.

When did the peak of femicide cases occur and what happened afterwards?

The peak occurred in 2021 with 981 cases, after which there was a decline to 827 cases by 2023.

What is the overall long-term growth rate in femicide cases from 2015 to 2023?

The long-term trend from 2015 to 2023 shows an overall increase of 100%, with femicide cases doubling from 413 to 827.

Terms and Definitions

Femicide is the killing of a woman or girl, in particular by a man, and on account of her gender. It encompasses cases where women are killed by intimate partners, family members or in other social contexts, such as human trafficking or femicide suicide. This form of violence reflects and reinforces discrimination against women, often in cultures and societies where harmful gender stereotypes are prevalent.

In the context of femicide, a victim is typically a female who has suffered harm, injury, or death as a result of violent acts grounded in gender-based discrimination. Victims are often subjected to domestic abuse, sexual violence, psychological manipulation, or other forms of discriminatory behavior before their death.

Homicide is the act of one human killing another. While femicide is a form of homicide, not all homicides are femicides. Femicides are marked by their gender-specific motivations, while a homicide might not necessarily have a gender-specific motivation.

Gender-based violence refers to harmful acts directed at individuals based on their gender. It can encompass a wide array of physical, sexual, and psychological harm, including threats, coercion, or deprivation of liberty.

Intimate partner violence is a form of gender-based violence that occurs in a couple or interpersonal relationship wherein the perpetrator is, or has been, in an intimate relationship with the victim. It can involve physical violence, sexual violence, or psychological damage, including controlling behaviors.

Domestic violence refers to violent or abusive behavior displayed in a domestic setting, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. This term is often interchanged with intimate partner violence, but can have a broader meaning, incorporating violence against children or other family members.

Human trafficking is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person through force, fraud, or coercion for various purposes including forced labor, slavery, or sexual exploitation. Women and girls are often disproportionately targeted by traffickers and may fall victim to femicide.
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