Firearms are not the main weapon of choice in homicides in Australia.
When it comes to homicide rates, the outlook for Australia is positive with continued reduction in the homicide rate. However, challenges remain.
Michelle Carter after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
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When do words at an end-of-life decision constitute a crime? A law professor explains why lawmakers should act to clear up the gray area that remains.
A march for the missing in Mexico City in May 2017.
The figures have been taken out of context.
A search for a teenager who went missing in Tyrone (Northern Ireland) in 1994, presumed murdered.
How does the police decide where to send dive teams to search for bodies? They ask scientists for advice.
A woman holds a flag as she looks out over the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.
Data on violent incidents in the US reveal that our focus on Islamist extremism since 9/11 may be misguided.
Tributes left to Elizabeth Edwards and her daughter Katie, murdered in April 2016.
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Two teenagers have been sentenced to life for a double murder. But their crime is extremely rare.
Gable Tostee was found not guilty of the murder of Warriena Wright, who fell from his balcony.
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Cases of homicide by falling are rare. But the Gable Tostee case is not the first instance of a fall from a building causing death being linked to criminal conduct.
But one thing is clear, only a small proportion of violence can be blamed on schizophrenia.
Research shows a link between violence against children and their subsequent criminality.
Reducing stubbornly high levels of violence can be achieved if there is a focus on ensuring that children are not exposed to violence or toxic stress at home.
South Africa needs to urgently work out why its high rate of fatal violence is not slowing.
South Africa has stubbornly high rates of violent crime. More concerning, though, is that the latest crime stats suggest the recent increase in murders is not slowing - it may even continue.
Women over 60 are being killed in their own homes - but little more is known about these crimes.
O.J. Simpson, flanked by his lawyers, pumps his fists after the verdict is read in October 1995.
It was a true media bonanza – and we now know that the media played a powerful role in influencing public perception of guilt or innocence.
The community must be careful of what it demands of the court system.
Gerard Baden-Clay's successful appeal against a conviction for the murder of his wife should not be misread as a sign of judicial tolerance of domestic violence.
Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare.
It's important to look beyond the same old gender sterotypes.
A man walks among crosses outside Pretoria, South Africa, representing farmers killed in violent attacks.
South Africa's homicide rates have declined consistently since democracy, but remain among the highest in the world. They are about four times the global average at more than 30 per 100,000 people.
The conduct of police at colleagues’ funerals sheds light on police culture.
South African police are murdered at a high rate, making funerals and memorial services all too common. What happens and gets said at these services can help us understand aspects of police culture.
Guns don’t stop gun violence.
Other 'advanced nations' make it far harder for someone like the Charleston killer to get his hands on a Glock semiautomatic handgun or any other kind of firearm.
Sarah Koenig recording Serial.
I have to confess I made a big mistake in not reviewing the real life whodunit podcast Serial when I listened to the first episode in October. Initially little-known, the podcast has just broken iTunes…
Violence that happens behind closed doors and within families is finally being recognised as a crime – not just a “domestic”.
She showed me the cigarette burns on her arms. Her eyes seemed empty as she slumped in the chair, answering questions with defeated shrugs. Finally she explained that her stepfather had held her down and…
Reforming Victorian homicide law has been a long process, but a bill introduced today is a significant step forward.
Victorian attorney-general Robert Clark today introduced a bill into parliament that repeals the offence of defensive homicide. The bill signifies a significant step forward in ensuring just responses…