Table 4.1
Homicides by sex and accused-victim relationship, Canada, 2000 to 2009

Homicides by sex and accused-victim relationship, Canada, 2000 to 2009
Victim killed by Sex of victim Total
Male Female
  number percent of total solved homicides number percent of total solved homicides number percent of total solved homicides
Family  
Spouse 157 5.2 581 40.1 738 16.4
Married 35 1.2 227 15.7 262 5.8
Common-law 1 104 3.4 193 13.3 297 6.6
Separated 2 17 0.6 150 10.4 167 3.7
Divorced 1 0.0 11 0.8 12 0.3
Parent 3 157 5.2 153 10.6 310 6.9
Father 108 3.5 95 6.6 203 4.5
Mother 49 1.6 58 4.0 107 2.4
Child 4 110 3.6 95 6.6 205 4.6
Son 98 3.2 85 5.9 183 4.1
Daughter 12 0.4 10 0.7 22 0.5
Sibling 5 67 2.2 24 1.7 91 2.0
Brother 61 2.0 19 1.3 80 1.8
Sister 6 0.2 5 0.3 11 0.2
Other family 6 155 5.1 68 4.7 223 5.0
Total 646 21.2 921 63.6 1,567 34.9
Acquaintance  
Casual acquaintance 840 27.6 143 9.9 983 21.9
Criminal relationship 413 13.6 72 5.0 485 10.8
Friend 277 9.1 39 2.7 316 7.0
Other intimate relationship 7 58 1.9 133 9.2 191 4.3
Neighbour 98 3.2 27 1.9 125 2.8
Business relationship 73 2.4 10 0.7 83 1.8
Authority figure 9 0.3 9 0.6 18 0.4
Total 1,768 58.1 433 29.9 2,201 49.0
Stranger 629 20.7 95 6.6 724 16.1
Relationship unknown 32 8 40
Total solved homicides 3,075 100.0 1,457 100.0 4,532 100.0
Total unsolved homicides 1,179 ... 227 ... 1,406 ...
Total 4,254 ... 1,684 ... 5,938 100.0
1.
Includes same-sex spouses.
2.
Includes those separated from a legal or common-law relationship.
3.
Includes biological, adoptive, step and foster parents.
4.
Includes biological, adoptive, step and foster children.
5.
Includes biological, adoptive, step and foster siblings.
6.
Includes all other family members related by blood, marriage (including common-law) or adoption. Examples include uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents.
7.
Includes current or former boyfriends, girlfriends and other intimate partners.
Note(s):
Excludes homicides where the sex of the victim was unknown. Percentages exclude unsolved homicides and those in which the accused-victim relationship was reported by police as unknown. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
Source(s):
Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Homicide Survey.