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National homicide monitoring program

  • AIC research program
  • Start date: July 1989

Description

The program has collected and analysed information on all homicides (murder and manslaughter, excluding driving causing death) in Australia since 1990. The program continues to provide strategic policy and operational information on homicide in Australia.

The program aims to identify as precisely as possible the characteristics of individuals that place them at risk of homicide victimisation, and of offending and the circumstances that contribute to the likelihood of a homicide occurring. This provides a basis for implementing public policy on the prevention and control of violence. The program uses police records (supplemented by information from individual investigating officers) and coronial files (toxicology reports).

Establishment of the program was recommended by the National Committee on Violence and has been made possible by the cooperation and continued support of all Australian police services.

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