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NCJ Number: 157252 Find in a Library
Title: Homicide in Canada, 1994
Journal: Juristat  Volume:15  Issue:11  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:1-19
Author(s): O Fedorowycz
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6, Canada
Type: Statistics
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: This report presents an overview of 1994 Canadian homicide data that address the nature and extent of homicide incidents, victim and accused characteristics, and recent national trends; homicide data at the Provincial/Territorial and census metropolitan area levels are also presented.
Abstract: In Canada homicide is classified as first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, or infanticide; deaths caused by criminal negligence, suicide, and accidental or justifiable homicide are not included in the definition. The homicide rate in Canada decreased by 6 percent in 1994, reaching a 25-year low (2.04 per 100,000 population). The decrease was primarily due to a decline of 30 homicides in the Montreal metropolitan area. Shooting continued to account for approximately one-third of all homicides. In 1994, 90 homicides were committed with a handgun, 66 with a rifle/shotgun, 26 with a sawed-off rifle/shotgun, and 14 with a fully automatic firearm. In 1994, 8 in 10 homicides were solved by police, consistent with previous years. Although the number of spousal homicides in 1994 (n=85) was fewer than in 1993 (n=87) and in 1992 (n=105), spousal homicides continued to account for one out of every six solved homicides. There was an increase over 1993 in both the number and proportion of youths aged 12-17 accused of homicide. The age of greatest risk of being a homicide victim was during the first year of life. According to police, there was evidence of drug trafficking or the settling of drug-related accounts in approximately 1 in 10 homicides in 1994. 6 tables and 8 figures
Main Term(s): Offense statistics
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Foreign crime statistics; Homicide trends; Homicide victims; Offender profiles; Victim profiles
Note: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program.
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