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NCJ Number: 211711 Find in a Library
Title: Homicide in Australia 2003-2004 National Homicide Monitoring Program (NHMP) Annual Report
Author(s): Jenny Mouzos
Corporate Author: Australian Institute of Criminology
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 58
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0 642 53878-6
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This report presents data on homicides in Australia for the 2003-2004 fiscal year.
Abstract: In 1990, the national homicide monitoring program (NHMP) was established within the Australian Institute of Criminology to collect information about homicide in the country. The goal of the collection and analysis process of the NHMP is to inform public discussion and policy related to violence in Australia. This 2003-2004 report offers information about the characteristics of homicide victims and perpetrators, as well as the circumstances of the crimes. Jurisdictional breakdowns allow for the comparison of data to previous years. Overall in fiscal year 2003-2004, there were 288 homicides reported to police, involving 310 offenders and 305 victims, representing a slight decrease from the number of homicides reported in 2002-2003. Both victims and perpetrators of homicide in 2003-2004 were more likely to be male, to be aged in their 30s, and to know one another. A full 57 percent of homicides occurred in residential settings and the most common weapon used was a knife, comprising 32 percent of incidents, while firearms were used in only 17 percent of homicide incidents. Results of toxicology screenings indicated that a higher proportion of male victims, in comparison to female victims, used alcohol or illicit drugs at the time of the homicide incident. The report also describes the characteristics of different types of homicides, including intimate partner homicide, child homicide, acquaintance homicide, and stranger homicide. Figures, tables, references
Main Term(s): Australia; Homicide
Index Term(s): Offender profiles; Offense characteristics; Police annual reports; Victim profiles
Note: AIC Research and Public Policy Series, No. 66.
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