Situational factors, 2009-10 to 2013-14

Location of homicides by type of homicide, 2009-10 to 2013-14 (%)

The location of homicide is largely influenced by the type of homicide. Domestic and acquaintance homicide incidents mostly occur in residential locations, usually the victim’s home. Greater proportions of stranger homicide incidents took place on the street or in an open area.

Type of homicide by day of the week, 2009-10 to 2013-14 (N)

Greater numbers of homicide incidents occurred on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 2009-10 and 2013-14.

Almost two-thirds of homicides are perpetrated at night. Over a third (36%) of homicide incidents occurred between 6pm and midnight in 2013-14 followed by a quarter (27%) between midnight and 6am.

Between 2012-13 and 2013-14, the largest cluster of homicide incidents occurred from 6pm to midnight on Thursday (n=32), followed by midnight to 6am on Saturday (n=28).

Alcohol use by victim/offender Indigenous status, 2009-10 to 2013-14 (%)

Indigenous

Non-Indigenous

Larger proportions of Indigenous offenders were drinking alcohol at the time of the homicide incident. In 2013-14, 50 percent had consumed alcohol before the homicide incident compared with 19 percent of non-Indigenous offenders.

Similarly high proportions of Indigenous victims were drinking at the time of the homicide incident. Sixty percent of Indigenous victims in 2013-14, compared with 23 percent of non-Indigenous victims, were known to have consumed alcohol.