Table 6
Solved homicides, by accused-victim relationship, Canada, 2011

Table 6
Solved homicides, by accused-victim relationship, Canada, 2011
Table summary
This table displays the results of solved homicides. The information is grouped by relationship type (victim killed by) (appearing as row headers), 2011 and average 2001 to 2010, calculated using number of victims and percent units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Relationship typeNote 1
(Victim killed by)
2011 Average
2001 to 2010
number of victims percent number of victims percent
Family relationship 145 32.6 158 34.9
Spousal relationship 66 14.9 76 16.2
Legal husband/wife 23 5.2 26 5.8
Common-law partner 29 6.5 29 6.5
Separated or divorced husband/wife 9 2.0 13 2.9
Separated common-law partnerNote 2 3 0.7 7 1.6
Same-sex spouse3 2 0.5 1 0.2
Other family relationship 79 17.8 85 18.8
Father or motherNote 4 27 6.1 31 6.8
Son or daughterNote 4 23 5.2 21 4.6
Sibling 13 2.9 10 2.2
Extended familyNote 5 16 3.6 23 5.1
Acquaintance 213 47.9 171 37.7
Close friend 33 7.4 31 7.0
Intimate relationshipNote 6 23 5.3 19 4.2
Neighbour 21 4.7 13 2.8
Authority figure 7 1.6 2 0.3
Business relationship (legal) 10 2.3 8 1.8
Casual acquaintance 119 26.7 98 21.7
Criminal relationshipNote 7 19 4.3 50 11.2
Stranger 68 15.3 73 16.2
Unknown relationship 9 Note ...: not applicable 4 Note ...: not applicable
Total solved homicidesNote 8 454 100.0 452 100.0
Unsolved homicides 144 Note ...: not applicable 139 Note ...: not applicable
Total homicides 598 595

… not applicable
1. Includes homicides with a known accused. If there were more than one accused, only the closest relationship to the victim was recorded.
2. Separated common-law husband and separated common-law wife were not introduced to the survey until 2005; therefore the average number and percent are calculated from 2005 to 2010.
3. Includes current and former same-sex spouses.
4. Includes biological, adopted, step and foster relationships.
5. Includes nieces, nephews, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, cousins, in-laws, etc. related by blood, marriage (including common-law) or adoption.
6. Includes current and former dating relationships, same-sex dating relationships as well as other intimate relationships.
7. Includes, for example, prostitutes, drug dealers and their clients, loan sharks, and gang members. It should be noted that some homicides are scored as the relationship the police considers to be the most relevant. As such, certain homicides where the victim had a criminal relationship with the accused may have been scored as another type of relationship.
8. Includes homicides with a known accused.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Homicide Survey, 2011.

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