Homicide in Australia

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe psychology of criminal and antisocial behavior
Subtitle of host publicationVictim and offender perspectives
EditorsWayne Petherick, Grant Sinnamon
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherElsevier
Chapter13
Pages385-418
Number of pages34
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9780128095775
ISBN (Print)9780128092873
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 04 Jan 2017

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    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