Israel Observatory on Femicide

Report on Femicide Cases in 2021 

Report on Femicide Cases in 2020

The Israel Observatory in the Press

Battery Survivor Challenges Israel’s Views on Violence ​Against Women
'The New York Times'


Number of women murdered by relatives, partners falls after 2020 spike
'Times of Israel'


Femicide cases down during 2021, matricide cases rise in disturbing upwards trend
'The Jerusalem Post'

Recent Updates

32 year old was killed On The International Day for The Elimination of Violence against Women.



17 Year old  woman was killed in Kiryat Motzkin


55 year old woman stabbed to death in the North of Israel


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Shalva Weil, Noam S. Keshet

Journal of Gender Studies, 30 (1): 39-51. doi: 10.1080 / 09589236.2020.1809361

This study of femicide involving elderly women, or female geronticide includes an empirical report on the findings of the first longitudinal study on female geronticide in Israel, which demonstrates that over a period of 10 years female geronticide was perpetrated solely by intimate male partners. The findings are important for policy-makers in Israel but have applications globally.  


Vered Ne'eman-Haviv

Journal of Family Theory and Review, June 2021

This article reviews the current literature in the field, using a sociocultural theoretical framework, and critically examines the effect of modernization processes on the phenomenon, distinguishing between Arab and Muslim countries and Western countries. The review shows that despite modernization processes, and at times owing to concerns about these processes, the use of honor killings as a tool to strengthen patriarchal control seems to be widening. 

Woman on Window Sill

Shalva Weil

Journal of Gender Studies, 30 (7): 807-818. doi: 10.1080/09589236.2021.1880883

The article offers a collocation of COVID-19 alongside two other pandemics that are likely to increase during and after public health responses to the coronavirus: suicide and femicide. Both of these forms of violence are patterned, predictable, and highly gendered. We assert that femicide and suicide rates will increase for women to unprecedented levels as a direct result of pandemic public health measures.


Special Issue in "Peace Review:

Femicide in War and Peace"

Deadline 15.01.2022

Editor: Shalva Weil