Number of homicides in Canada in 2016, by accused-victim relationship

Number of homicides in Canada in 2016, by accused-victim relationship This statistic shows the total number of homicides reported in Canada in 2016, distinguished by accused-victim relationship. In 2016, there were 58 people in Canada murdered by strangers.
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Number of victims
Casual acquaintance 104
Stranger 58
Criminal relationship ***34
Son or daughter 33
Close friend 29
Other family relationship *22
Other intimate relationship **20
Husband (legal) 20
Husband (common-law) 13
Father 10
Sibling 10
Wife (common-law) 9
Authority figure 9
Neighbour 8
Business relationship 8
Mother 7
Husband (separated common-law) 5
Accused-victim relationship unknown 3
Husband (legal, separated or divorced) 2
Same-sex spouse (current or former) 2
Wife (legal) 1
Wife (separated common-law) 0
Wife (legal, separated or divorced) 0
Number of victims
Casual acquaintance 104
Stranger 58
Criminal relationship ***34
Son or daughter 33
Close friend 29
Other family relationship *22
Other intimate relationship **20
Husband (legal) 20
Husband (common-law) 13
Father 10
Sibling 10
Wife (common-law) 9
Authority figure 9
Neighbour 8
Business relationship 8
Mother 7
Husband (separated common-law) 5
Accused-victim relationship unknown 3
Husband (legal, separated or divorced) 2
Same-sex spouse (current or former) 2
Wife (legal) 1
Wife (separated common-law) 0
Wife (legal, separated or divorced) 0
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This statistic shows the total number of homicides reported in Canada in 2016, distinguished by accused-victim relationship. In 2016, there were 58 people in Canada murdered by strangers.
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Release date
November 2017
Region
Canada
Survey time period
2016
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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