Who killed women in 2017?

In 2017, the year to date figures for women killed are:

Male (alleged) perpetrators – 7

Female (alleged) perpetrators – 1

Women whose cause of death or perpetrator is unidentified – 1*








In addition to looking at the number of men charged in relation to the deaths of women, it is worth noting how many of the crimes with female perpetrators also have male perpetrators charged in relation to the death.

Crimes where only female perpetrators are named – 1 (11%)

Crimes involving male perpetrators – 8 (89%)

These are comprised of:

  • Crimes where only male perpetrators are named – 8 (89%)
  • Crimes where male and female perpetrators are named – 0 (0%)

The numbers of crimes by sex of alleged perpetrator and numbers of alleged perpetrators by sex are not the same because a single perpetrator may kill more than one woman or multiple perpetrators may jointly kill a woman.

Updated: 21 February 2017

Women Killed by Men:

These deaths are blogged individually to highlight the ongoing reality of male violence against women.

The posts detailing women killed by known or suspected male violence are accessed via the home page of the blog.

Where both male and female perpetrators are charged with the murder of a woman, we report the death and list both perpetrators.

Victims are listed in the order in which they were reported, with the month of their death listed below.

  1. 1 Jan 2017 – Amelie Ura Tapaki, QLD – Teakaura Tapaki, son, charged with dangerous driving causing death and unlicensed driving
  2. 8 Jan 2017 – Leonne Ivanoff, NSW – Ben Ivanoff, husband, charged with murder
  3. 20 January 2017 – Unnamed victim, NT – unnamed man charged with murder
  4. 20 January 2017 – Jess Mudie, Bourke St Attack, Vic – Dimitrious Gargasoulas charged with 5 counts of murder
  5. 20 January 2017 – Bhavita Patel, Bourke St attack, Vic – Dimitrious Gargasoulas charged with 5 counts of murder
    An additional 4 victims were killed – two children and two men
  6. 31 January 2017 – Teresa Bradford, QLD – David Bradford killed Teresa and himself with witnesses
  7. 2 February 2017 – Unnamed victim, Vic – suspect found dead in presumed murder suicide
  8. 19 February 2017 – Khondkar Faihi Elahi, NSW – Shahab Ahmed, husband, charged with murder


Women killed by women:

Known cases of women killed by other women in 2016:

  1. 18 February 2017 – unnamed Victim, QLD – daughter charged with murder


Where there are both male and female perpetrators, these deaths appear in both lists.

Watch list – Women killed with no identified perpetrator or where the nature of death is unclear:

  1. 30 January 2017 – unnamed victim 34 – police investigate the suspicious death of a woman in Alice Springs


Deaths previously on watch list

  • Nil to date


* Includes posted deaths whose perpetrators are now unclear.


Women naming male violence against women are often challenged to demonstrate why they focus on male killers, rather than all killers.

The counter arguments given to focusing on male violence against women are that not all men are killers or that not all women are killed by men, also that the deaths are not all directly because they are female.

While these things are true, they don’t change the reality, which is that the vast majority of killers of women are men, many known to the women. These women are not numbers, each death leaves behind shattered lives and families and we join the community in extending our deepest condolences to each and every victim’s family and friends, but we need to see the overall pattern if we want to understand and stop the deaths.

While we explain the rationale behind counting the numbers of women killed by men here, we are also keeping count of women killed overall, and the % killed by men, to demonstrate, using up to date Australian figures, that the overwhelming issue we are facing is male violence.

Year To date deaths

Year to date figures are always a partial snapshot of the final figures for the year and the numbers should not be taken as final until the year has concluded. Delayed perpetrator identification may cause the figures to change through the year, and afterwards. We list a death as male violence where a male perpetrator is obviously identified or formally charged. Many of the unidentified killers are statistically likely to also be male, in line with the annual statistics.

We include links to news articles to justify these figures. If you discover an inaccuracy, please email via the link at the bottom of the page.

Information on who killed women in 2016 is located here.


Who we are:

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in 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 knowingly 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 wimms@womenshoutoutaustralia.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.