Spousal Murders Decrease in US, But Not in Canada

On Jan. 11, 2012, the Globe and Mail reported that homicide has dropped off the list of leading causes of death in America in part because, "Abusive relationships don't end in murder as often as they once did, thanks to increased incarcerations and better, earlier support for victims."

An American criminologist who studies murder data goes on to declare, "We've taken the home out of homicide."


Too bad that isn't the case in Canada. Last fall StatsCan reported that murder has declined in all categories but "spousal homicides", where there was a increase.

The Daily reported that, "In 2009, 49 women were killed by a current or former spouse, 4 more than in 2008, while 15 men were killed by a spouse, 2 fewer than in 2008."

See: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/101026/dq101026a-eng.htm