Research Focuses On Reducing Domestic-related Homicide

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25 November 2009

Media Release

Research focuses on reducing domestic-related homicide

A compilation of international research into domestic-related homicide has been released

today by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) to coincide with White Ribbon Day –

the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Domestic-related homicide: keynote papers from the 2008 international conference on

homicide is a collection of research presented by international experts at the conference

held by the AIC in Queensland in December 2008.

According to the Institute’s National Homicide Monitoring Program, there were 266 victims of

homicide in Australia in 2006/07, with 185 male and 81 female victims. Ten percent of all

victims were children under the age of 15 and nearly all of them were killed by their parents.

Sixty five victims were killed by an intimate-partner and in 43 percent of these homicides

there had been a domestic violence history with police. 

In January 2008, the Australian Government provided funding of $500,000 to the AIC for the

National Homicide Monitoring Program to conduct research on domestic-related homicides

in order to inform future interventions to protect women and children from violence. The

International Conference on Homicide formed part of this project.

AIC Director, Dr Adam Tomison, said the conference brought together experts to discuss the

causes of domestic-related homicide, legislative reform, law enforcement, risk factors and

the links between non-lethal and lethal violence.

“The Institute’s Homicide Monitoring Program has focused on research into reducing the

harm caused by domestic-related violence for many years,” Dr Tomison said. 

The report includes chapters on The Murder in Britain study, homicide followed by suicide in

the Netherlands, intimate-partner homicide and familicide in Western Australia, homicide

among remote-dwelling Australian Aboriginal people, a US study on risk factors for death

when a woman is being abused, and the impact of public policy change on intimate partner

violence in Canada

Domestic-related homicide: keynote papers from the 2008 international conference on

AIC media contact: Scott Kelleher. Telephone: 02 6260 9244; Mobile: 0418 159 525.

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