Senior victims of homicide, by family and non-family homicide and type of motive, Canada, 2000 to 2010
|Type of motive||FamilyNote 1||Non-familyNote 2||Total|
|Frustration, anger or despair||53||32||35||18||88||25|
|Financial gainNote 3||11||7||61||32||72||20|
|Fear of apprehension||2||1||5||3||7||2|
|Mercy killing or assisted suicide||8||5||0||0||8||2|
|No apparent motiveNote 4||32||20||36||19||68||19|
|Unknown||11||Note …: not applicable||10||Note …: not applicable||21||Note …: not applicable|
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1. Family-related homicides are homicides committed by spouses (legally married, separated, divorced, and common-law partners), children, siblings or other family members related by blood, marriage or adoption.
2. Non-family homicides are homicides committed by friends, dating partners, casual acquaintances, business relationships, criminal relationships, authority figures, and strangers.
3. Includes, for example, robberies and homicides committed to obtain insurance monies or inheritances.
4. Includes, for example, mental illness and dementia.
5. Includes, for example, sexual violence, personal protection and settling of gang or drug-related accounts.
Note: Senior victims refer to those aged 65 years and over. Excludes unsolved homicides, homicides where the victim-accused relationship and sex of the victim was unknown. Percentages have been calculated excluding unknown motives. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Homicide Survey.
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