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Table 5.1
Family homicides by accused-victim relationship and sex of the victim, 1998 to 2007

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Family homicides by accused-victim relationship and sex of the victim, 1998 to 2007
Victim killed by Total Sex of victim
Female Male
  number percent number percent number percent
Spouse 753 47 604 63 149 24
Married 262 17 230 24 32 5
Common-law 1 308 19 209 22 99 16
Separated 2 169 11 152 16 17 3
Divorced 14 1 13 1 1 0
Parent 3 336 21 167 17 169 27
Father 217 14 104 11 113 18
Mother 119 8 63 7 56 9
Child 4 202 13 94 10 108 17
Daughter/step 25 2 12 1 13 2
Son/step 177 11 82 9 95 15
Sibling 87 5 23 2 64 10
Brother 80 5 21 2 59 9
Sister 7 0 2 0 5 1
Other family 5 208 13 72 8 136 22
Total family homicides 1,586 100 960 100 626 100
Includes seven same-sex spouses.
Includes those who are separated from a common-law relationship.
Includes biological, step, foster and adoptive parents.
Includes biological, step, foster and adoptive children.
Includes all others related to the victim through blood, marriage, foster care or adoption.
Note(s):
Excludes incidents where the sex of the victim was unknown. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
Source(s):
Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Homicide Survey.