More than half the women who were murdered worldwide last year were killed by their partners or family members, making home "the most dangerous place for a woman," a new UN study said.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) calculated that of a total 87,000 female homicide cases worldwide in 2017, some 50,000 -- or 58% -- were committed by the victims' intimate partners or family members.
"This amounts to some six women being killed every hour by people they know," the Vienna-based body said.
"The vast majority -- about 80% -- of homicide victims worldwide were men, but women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes," said UNODC chief Yury Fedotov.
"They are also the most likely to be killed by intimate partners and family... making the home the most dangerous place for a woman," he said.
The study also called for greater coordination between police and the justice system as well as health and social services.
And the UNODC said it was also important to involve men in the solutions, including through early education.