Homicide in Australia

Homicide Incidents in Australia

There were 487 homicide incidents in Australia between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2014. The homicide incident rate of 1 per 100,000 in 2013–14 is the lowest recorded since 1989–90.

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Cause of Death

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Six in ten homicide victims died from a stab wound or from being beaten in 2013–14.

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Alcohol use

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37% of victims known to have consumed alcohol died in a domestic homicide. The same proportion died in an acquaintance homicide.

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Victimisation

64% of homicide victims in 2012–14 were male.

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Offending rates

The offending rate among males was six times that of females in 2012–14.

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16% of homicide incidents were committed during the course of another crime.

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In 2012-14, 106 offenders (19%) were known to have had a prior history of domestic violence.

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Of these, 71% were involved in a domestic homicide.

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Victimisation - Homicide type

79% of intimate partner homicide victims in 2012–14 were female.

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More than 80% of victims killed by a friend or acquaintance or by a stranger in 2012–14 were male.

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Day of the week

Sunday and Thursday are the most homicidal days of the week. One third (32%) of homicides occurred on these two days.

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Homicide type

Domestic and acquaintance homicides decreased between 1989–90 and 2013–14. The number of stranger homicides increased.

Domestic

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Acquaintance

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Stranger

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Location

In 2012–14, victims from 45% of homicide incidents were killed in their own home.

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Victim's home
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Offender's home
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Other residential
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Street/footpath
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Other
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Victimisation by Indigenous status and homicide type

62% of Indigenous victims were killed by an intimate partner or family member in 2012–14. The proportion was 38% among non-Indigenous homicide victims.

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Glossary & Definitions

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