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Homicide in Australia : 2001-2002 National Homicide Monitoring Program (NHMP) annual report

Research and public policy series no. 46

Jenny Mouzos
ISBN 0 642 24285 2 ISSN 1326-6004
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2003


This report provides a statistical overview of the circumstances and characteristics of the incidents, victims and offenders of homicide in each of Australia's states and territories for 2001-2002. Statistics presented include incidence of homicide and percentage of incidents solved; single versus multiple victim / offender incidents; incidents by time of day, day of the week and location; incidents occurring during the course of another crime; trends in homicide victimisation, 1989-2002; age, gender, racial appearance, marital status and employment status of victims; percentage of victims by alcohol and/or drug use; motive; percentage of victims with a prior criminal history; percentage of victims killed by a mentally disordered offender; cause of death; type of weapon used, including handgun or other firearm; licence and registration status of firearms used; trends in homicide offending, 1989-2002; age, gender, racial appearance, marital status and employment status of offenders; percentage of offenders with a prior history of domestic violence; percentage of offenders by alcohol and/or illicit / prescription drug use; percentage of offenders who committed suicide; relationship between offender and victim; and relationship between offender and victim, by gender of offender. The report notes that there has been a 20% increase in homicide victimisation in 2001-2002, and a 25% decrease in the number of homicides involving a firearm - the lowest number and proportion since NHMP data collection began in 1989.