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Homicide in Australia : 2004-05 National Homicide Monitoring Program (NHMP) annual report

Research and public policy series no. 72

Jenny Mouzos and Tina Houliaras
ISBN 1 921185 24 4 ISSN 1326-6004
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, January 2006


This report presents tabulated information on the circumstances and characteristics of homicide in Australia for the fiscal year 2004-05. In addition, the report contains jurisdictional breakdowns for comparative purposes and some long-term trend data across the sixteen-year NHMP data collection period. In 2004-05, there was a total of 249 incidents of homicide recorded. These were committed by 286 homicide offenders and resulted in the deaths of 267 victims. This is the lowest annual number of homicide incidents and victims in Australia since the Australian Institute of Criminology began monitoring in 1989. The report includes an additional section that gives an overview of the types of homicidal encounters in Australia: intimate partner violence, child homicide, homicide between persons known to each other, and stranger-related murders.