A few statistics about homicide in Canada

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There were 604 homicides in 2015 – 424 men and 180 women. (Or 70% men, 30% women.)

Of the 604 homicides, 178 involved shootings (29%) and 214 stabbings (35%); 17 accused owned their firearm legally (10% of the shootings or 3% of the homicides).

According to StatsCan: “The homicide rate (1.68 per 100,000 population) increased 15% from the previous year marking the highest homicide rate since 2011.” At the same time, “the 2015 homicide rate however was 2% lower than the average for the previous decade.”

In 2015, 44% of firearm-related homicides were related to gang activity, which has been the case in general for the past five years.

Over the past 11 years, 62% of individuals accused of homicide had previously been convicted of a criminal offence.

Of the 604 homicides, 83 involved “intimate partners,” 70 of whom were women (84%).

Of the 70 female intimate partners, 20 were shot and 33 stabbed.

Of the 20 female intimate partners who were shot, 8 accused owned the firearm legally.

In 2015, 23% of the victims were Aboriginal, as were 32% of accused. Aboriginal Canadians constitute approximately 5% of the total population.

Overall, 18% of the 748 homicides committed by ‘casual acquaintances’ involving female victims, by Aboriginal identity, 1980 to 2015, were killed by what can be described as a ‘co-substance user.’

Note: These statistics come from Statistics Canada’s Homicide Survey, which collects information on murders, manslaughter, and infanticide.

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