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dc.contributor.authorMazerolle, Paul
dc.contributor.authorEriksson, Li
dc.contributor.authorWortley, Rochard
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Holly
dc.description.abstractIn this chapter we examine characteristics of homicide in Australia and New Zealand. First, publicly available official statistics are used to describe and compare homicide rates, trends, and demographic relationships across Australia and New Zealand. The data reveal the relationships between key correlates of homicide to be similar between Australia and New Zealand, including for gender, victim-offender relationships, Indigenous overrepresentation, the prevalence of mental illness, and the low rates of homicides involving firearms. The findings further reveal that both countries have low homicide rates by international standards. Findings from the Australian Homicide Project are then presented. The Australian Homicide Project utilizes interviews with offenders to uncover developmental pathways, precursors and offender motivations for homicide. The project is unique in its design and provides an opportunity to extract first-hand information from the perpetrators of these serious incidents. In particular, we show how for some offenders mental health problems develop over time in the lead up to their offence, and that the planning of homicide differs across gender and the victim-offender relationship.
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleThe Handbook of Homicide
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCauses and Prevention of Crime
dc.titleHomicide in Australia and New Zealand: Precursors and Prevention
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorMazerolle, Paul J.
gro.griffith.authorEriksson, Li L.

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