chapter  4
15 Pages

The risks of counting the killing of women

WithSandra Walklate, Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Jude McCulloch, JaneMaree Maher

This chapter critically considers the risks of counting women’s violent deaths. This includes the foundation of counting practice and what this means for the counts that emerge. The chapter also considers the challenges of how to retain the meaning of each individual life when counting the collective, as well as the question of ‘who’ counts, ‘what’ counts, and how these may serve to render invisible particular patterns of violence (e.g. in diverse and First Nations communities) as well as particular types of violence (e.g. murder suicides) and the untimely deaths of women linked to intimate partner violence but not to a discrete incident of violence.