Gender-related killings of women and girls (femicide/feminicide)

This report features policy recommendations to support comprehensive and multi-sectoral approaches to prevent and address gender-related killings and other forms of gender-based violence against women and girls.
Briefing paper

"No body, no parole" laws

This briefing paper puts the proposed New South Wales 'no body, no parole' law reforms in context, reviews similar laws in Australia and other jurisdictions, and outlines the reasons for, and criticisms of, the reforms.

Homicide in Australia 2019–20

The National Homicide Monitoring Program is Australia’s only national data collection on homicide incidents, victims and offenders. This report describes the 261 homicide incidents recorded by Australian state and territory police between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020.

Intimate partner violence homicides 2010–2018

In Australia in 2018–19, intimate partner violence (IPV) homicides accounted for 21 per cent of all homicides and for 62 per cent of all domestic homicides, according to the Australian Institute of Criminology. This report updates and builds on the data presented in an earlier...

Homicide in Australia 2018–19

This report describes the 224 homicide incidents recorded by Australian state and territory police (except Australian Capital Territory) between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.

Female perpetrated intimate partner homicide: Indigenous and non-Indigenous offenders

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet commissioned the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) to undertake research into female perpetrated domestic violence and homicide. This study uses a descriptive and exploratory approach to analyse these factors in homicides committed by Indigenous and non-Indigenous women...

Homicide in Australia 2015–16

This report describes the 229 homicide incidents recorded by Australian state and territory police between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.

Homicide in Australia 2014-15

This report describes the 227 homicide incidents recorded by Australian state and territory police between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015.
Fact sheet

Domestic and family violence lethality: the facts about intimate partner homicide

This fact sheet highlights key facts about intimate partner homicides in Australia. The data is based on the 2018 Data Report from the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network (ADFVDRN).

Global study on homicide: homicide, development and the Sustainable Development Goals

This report looks at the relationship between homicide and all elements of development through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals in order to explore how homicide rates affect development levels and vice versa.

Reclaiming power and place

This inquiry report reveals that persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

The ‘perfect storm’ of gun control: from policy inertia to world leader

Australian firearm policy had altered very little in 65 years prior to the 1990s. However, the events in April 1996 precipitated 12 days that dramatically changed national firearm legislation. Thirty-five people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Port Arthur Historic Site in...

Sentencing for criminal offences arising from the death of a child: final report

This report makes eight recommendations to better reflect the vulnerability and defencelessness of victims of child homicide in sentencing and to improve system responses for family members of child vicitms.

Child homicide in Queensland: a descriptive analysis of offences finalised by Queensland criminal courts, 2005–06 to 2016–17

This research report begins with an outline of the scope and an overview of the sentenced offences examined. The report then looks at victims of child homicide and offenders sentenced by Queensland courts for child homicide, as well as what we currently know about child...

Co-offending among young homicide offenders in Australia

This paper uses twenty-five years of data from the National Homicide Monitoring Program to describe the characteristics of homicide incidents perpetrated by offenders aged 10–17 years.

Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network: 2018 data report

The development of this specialised national domestic and family violence homicide dataset has been one of the key goals of the network since its establishment. Analysis of this data can provide a better understanding of potential opportunities for intervention prior to domestic and family violence...
Discussion paper

Sentencing for criminal offences arising from the death of a child: consultation paper

The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council has been asked to review the penalties imposed on sentence for criminal offences arising from the death of a child (child homicide). This paper briefly describes the context of the review, and provides information about child homicide and relevant offences...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Were 400 white South African farmers murdered last year?

Following comments that white South African farmers deserved special attention because they were being persecuted, former prime minister Tony Abbott claimed 400 white farmers were murdered, over the last 12 months.

Australian gun laws

This chapter shows how and why Australian firearm legislation altered very little for 65 years, but changed dramatically in 12 days. It explains the ‘perfect storm’ of horror, outrage, law and leadership which forced policy reversal, and details the lightning legislative adjustments now held up...

Reinvigorating the Narrative: the broader benefits of the Arms Trade Treaty

This resource looks at the full breadth of advantages offered by the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), plus an accessible description of how it works.
Journal article

Reforming defences to homicide in Victoria: another attempt to address the gender question

This article argues that legal professionals need to have information about how to utilise Victoria's new family violence provisions as well as ongoing training and professional development to promote consistent understandings of family violence across the criminal justice system.

Homicide in Australia 2012–13 to 2013–14: National Homicide Monitoring Program report

In 2013–14, the homicide incident rate reached a historical low of one per 100,000 people.

Homicide and the nighttime economy

The relationship between the consumption of alcohol and a range of violent crimes, including homicide, is overwhelmingly acknowledged by criminologists. Less is known about the specifics of this relationship—in particular, whether the worst alcohol related violence occurs in private, or in public settings such as...

Prisoner-on-prisoner homicides in Australia: 1980 to 2011

The number of prisoner-on prisoner homicides has dropped considerably since 1998 and remained consistently low over the last decade. Although not common, prisoner-on prisoner homicides generally receive considerable public attention. This paper builds on previous AIC research, analysing the circumstances and nature of homicides that...

2015 Churchill Fellowship report

Executive summary Each week in Australia at least one woman is killed by her current or former intimate partner (Cussen and Bryant 2015). Between 2002/3 and 2011/12 in Australia 488 women were killed by an intimate partner nationally (Cussen and Bryant 2015). When these statistics...