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Femicide and Filicide


Macquarie University Dictionary:


        "Femicide as a term was first used in 1800s in Britain to describe the killings of women. A widely accepted and modern day explanation was developed by Diana Russell in the 1970s to explain the killing of women based on their gender. Femicide is often contrasted with its gender neutral counterpart, "homicide." This entry briefly describes the nature of femicide by reporting few statistics and situational contexts. Women can be targeted for different reasons like dowry, trafficking, racism, and killings in the name of honour. Often femicide has religious or familial sanction and hence goes unreported. The most common context is killings perpetuated by intimate partners. This accounts for nearly 35 percent of killings worldwide. The entry concludes by focusing on multifaceted efforts like implementing legislation for crime against women, promoting awareness, and empowering women that may help in reducing the incidence of femicide."


Filicide is the deliberate act of a parent killing their own child. The word filicide is derived from the Latin words filius and filia (son and daughter) and the suffix -cide, meaning to kill, murder, or cause death.

Femicide Australia Project research shows 108 adult men, 48 adult women and 17 children and young people were killed due to domestic violence in 2017

The Australian Femicide Facebook page reported on 11 Oct 2018 that 63 women have been murdered thus far in 2018.

71 Australian women were killed by domestic violence in 2016.      ".....the highest number yet recorded was in 2014, when 84 women were murdered in Australia."

52 Australian women had been murdered in the first 9 months of 2018.

20 children and adolescents were killed due to domestic violence in 2018

The project keeping toll of Australia's hidden 'epidemic' - Counting Dead Women Australia says Sixty-three Australian women were killed by domestic violence in 2018 SBS News

Why do parents kill their children? The facts about filicide in Australia -  The Conversation - February 8, 2019:

"At least one child in Australia is killed by a parent each fortnight, according to a report into filicide released by the Australian Institute of Criminology this week. Filicide is a general term referring to the killing of a child by a parent or parent equivalent – which in Australia includes the custodial parent, non-custodial parents and step-parents.


The report shows that between 2000-01 and 2011-12 there were 238 recorded incidents of filicide in Australia, with 260 offenders involved in these incidents. Males constituted 52% (124) of offenders and females 48% (114)."

impact is a completely volunteer charity committed to making a difference to Victorian women and children fleeing extreme violence at home.  It maintains stats on women and children killed across Australia each year


On 22 Nov 2018, Keith Owen Goodbun pleaded guilty to shooting his wife, Molly Goodbun, aged 59, to death in front of their daughter at the family’s home at Horseshoe Bend in Maitland.  Below is an extract from the Newcastle Herald article Keith Owen Goodbun pleads guilty to murdering estranged wife Molly Goodbun at Horseshoe Bend in 2016 on 7 Oct 2016:

"Goodbun had initially planned to murder his wife, kill himself and burn down the Horseshoe Bend property. He had also considered firing his remaining bullets at the first police officers to arrive on scene, but changed his mind when he realised “they’ve got a job to do”.

Besides, Goodbun thought, he would be quite happy to go to jail. 

“I can go to jail for 30 f---ing years and get a bed and breakfast every day,” Goodbun told detectives during his police interview. “I know where I’m going. And I’m quite f---ing happy about it, I tell you, quite happy about it.”

In sentencing Keith Goodbun, 62, to at least 31 year's jail, Justice Helen Wilson said Goodbun committed a premeditated, cruel and deeply shocking crime, "motivated by deep anger".

Based on Keith Goodbun's above representations ".... get a bed and breakfast every day”, he would likely have not murdered his wife, Molly Goodbun, in a Sadistic, Brutal, Premeditated, Unprovoked Murder, if Capital Punishment was a possible Sentence after An Infliction of Corporal Punishment prior to execution by hanging by the neck.

Filicide is the act of killing one's son or daughter.

SMH article in 2012 reported Seeking to understand the inexplicable:

        "An average of 27 children are killed by their parents each year in Australia."


170 reasons to stand up to violence in 2018 - Courier Mail - 28 Dec 2017

Counting dead women and domestic violence in Australia: How did we do in 2016? – SMH - 30 December 2016 - Daisy Dumas

Counting Dead Women: the hard truth about Australia’s domestic violence victims - UTS - 2016

Domestic Violence NSW  - NSW Government

Maternal and paternal filicide: Case studies from the Australian Homicide Project (2016) - Griffith University

Family homicide in Australia  -  Australian Institute of Criminology   -  2017

Prevention Nearby: The Influence of the Presence of a Potential Guardian on the Severity of Child Sexual Abuse - Sage Journals - 21 Oct 2013

angelhands assists people struggling to overcome extreme trauma - generally due to domestic violence

Filicide offenders