Man Murders Woman 2017 – 8 January 2017

In Memory Man Murders Woman 2016

A second man has been charged in relation to the death of a woman in Australia in 2017.
Ben Ivanoff, a 77 year old man, has been charged with the murder of his 74 year old wife Leonne Ivanoff.
It is alleged that on 8 January 2017, Ben stabbed his wife in neck following an argument at their NSW Umina Beach home in which she apparently laughed at his allegation that she was having an affair.
The police are reported to have said that there was no history of violence in the 55 year relationship but that it had more recently broken down in response to the victim’s “bickering and nagging”.

These are allegations about the victim’s behaviour which she is not able to dispute, and which would not justify her murder even if they were correct. That a victim’s behaviour, rather than the alleged murderer’s, is under scrutiny illustrates how male violence against women is still perceived, reported and justified.
Ben will apparently not be eligible for Legal Aid in future, based on his diagnosis of dementia.
Our deepest condolences go to Leonne’s family and friends.


The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here, with the 2017 summary listed here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on these pages where we are aware of them.

At the end of 2016, approximately 92% of the perpetrators charged with the murder, manslaughter or otherwise in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2016 were male. Where perpetrators were identified, 94% of women were killed by male perpetrators (91%) or male and female perpetrators. Only 6% of women’s deaths were caused by women acting alone.

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will not intentionally publish posts or comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally or legally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia

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