In 2013, global mortality data conservatively estimated that just under half a million people died in homicide-related incidences. These incidents occurred for numerous reasons, including greed, passion, alcohol/drug intoxication, gender, ethnic and racial differences, religion, sexual property, social status, mental illness, and a need for power and control. Globally, there appears to be a shift in the type of homicide occurring within different countries, from intimate family-related homicides to stranger-, gang-, and organized crime-related deaths. This chapter will review the most recent Australian homicide data available, from the National Homicide Monitoring Program (2010-12 financial year), and compares it to the past 24. years. It will do this in order to illustrate trends, patterns, and specific behavioral aspects relevant to these events. Issues covered include a holistic view of Australian homicides, the victims, and the contextual factors surrounding these offenses as well as the behavioral aspects involved.
|Title of host publication||The psychology of criminal and antisocial behavior|
|Subtitle of host publication||Victim and offender perspectives|
|Editors||Wayne Petherick, Grant Sinnamon|
|Place of Publication||United States|
|Number of pages||34|
|Publication status||Published - 04 Jan 2017|
McKinley, A. (2017). Homicide in Australia. In W. Petherick, & G. Sinnamon (Eds.), The psychology of criminal and antisocial behavior: Victim and offender perspectives (1st ed., pp. 385-418). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-809287-3.00013-4