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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Disturbing Stats From NB Study On Domestic Murder

A study on domestic homicides released today is shedding light on a tragic issue. It looked at all domestic homicides in NB over a 10-year period analyzing what happened, characteristics of victims and perpetrators, and the response of the justice system.

It says more than a third of the 91 homicides in the province reported between 1999 and 2008 were domestic homicides. 37.5 per cent of the victims were shot; and of the 32 domestic homicides, most of the victims were between 30-49, while eight were children under the age of 15.

It contains the recommendation that emergency responders use risk factor coding when they respond to domestic violence, and the need for data and reports to be analyzed.

The report was prepared by Carmen Gill of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre in Fredericton, which does research and provides public education on the issue of family violence.