Number of homicides in Canada in 2017, by accused-victim relationship

Number of homicides in Canada in 2017, by accused-victim relationship This statistic shows the total number of homicides reported in Canada in 2017, distinguished by accused-victim relationship. In 2017, there were 77 people in Canada murdered by strangers.
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Number of victims
Casual acquaintance 81
Stranger 77
Criminal relationship*** 59
Son or daughter 34
Close friend 32
Other intimate relationship** 25
Other family relationship* 25
Neighbour 24
Husband (common-law) 17
Husband (legal) 15
Father 14
Husband (legal, separated or divorced) 8
Mother 7
Sibling 6
Business relationship 5
Wife (common-law) 4
Husband (separated common-law) 4
Accused-victim relationship unknown 2
Reverse authority figure 1
Wife (separated common-law) 1
Wife (legal) 1
Same-sex spouse (current or former) 1
Authority figure 0
Wife (legal, separated or divorced) 0
Number of victims
Casual acquaintance 81
Stranger 77
Criminal relationship*** 59
Son or daughter 34
Close friend 32
Other intimate relationship** 25
Other family relationship* 25
Neighbour 24
Husband (common-law) 17
Husband (legal) 15
Father 14
Husband (legal, separated or divorced) 8
Mother 7
Sibling 6
Business relationship 5
Wife (common-law) 4
Husband (separated common-law) 4
Accused-victim relationship unknown 2
Reverse authority figure 1
Wife (separated common-law) 1
Wife (legal) 1
Same-sex spouse (current or former) 1
Authority figure 0
Wife (legal, separated or divorced) 0
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This statistic shows the total number of homicides reported in Canada in 2017, distinguished by accused-victim relationship. In 2017, there were 77 people in Canada murdered by strangers.
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Release date
November 2018
Region
Canada
Survey time period
2017
Supplementary notes
* Includes nieces, nephews, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, cousins, in-laws, related by blood, marriage (including common-law) or adoption.
**Includes dating relationships (current and former) and other intimate relationships.
***Includes, for example, sex workers, drug dealers and their clients, loan sharks, or gang members. When more than one relationship applies (e.g. criminal relationship and close friend), police are asked to report the primary relationship.

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