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UT Dallas study: Recent spikes in homicide rates don't tell whole story
Recent spikes in homicide rates across the nation have been attributed to causes ranging from civil unrest to the opioid epidemic, but new UT Dallas research published in the journal Homicide Studies found a much simpler explanation: The increases follow predictable fluctuations in rates over the past 55 years. (2018-01-11)

Reducing severe violence among adolescents
A special section of the journal Child Development includes new research exploring severe youth violence. The articles discuss, for example, how male and female perpetrators of violence develop. Among other new research, the special section explores how early detection of violence can be improved in school settings. (2017-01-03)

Residential segregation associated with black-white disparity in firearm homicide rates
Residential segregation is linked to many racial disparities in health, including cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Now, a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health researchers suggests the likelihood of dying from gun violence can be added to the list of adverse health outcomes associated with structural racism in the US. (2018-07-13)

Two-year study of gun policy research finds gaps, proposes fixes
The nation is once again debating whether to adopt new regulations on guns, but what does the evidence say about what has been done thus far? One of the largest-ever studies of US gun policy finds there is a shortage of evidence about the effects of most gun laws, although researchers say there is persuasive evidence about the effects of child access prevention laws and several other common gun policies. (2018-03-02)

Preventing murder by addressing domestic violence
Victims of domestic violence are at a high risk to be murdered -- or a victim of attempted murder -- according to a Cuyahoga County task force of criminal-justice professionals, victim advocates and researchers working to prevent domestic violence and homicides. (2018-05-21)

Suicide risk increases in teens who knew murder victims
Nearly half of black teenagers surveyed in Allegheny County report losing a friend or family member to murder, a disproportionately stark statistic that is associated with suicide attempts and other negative childhood experiences. (2018-11-13)

Minorities' homicide victimization rates fall significantly compared to whites'
A new study reveals that while homicide victimization rates declined for whites, blacks, and Hispanics in the United States from 1990-2010, the drop was much more precipitous for the two minority groups. (2016-03-31)

Handgun purchaser licensing laws linked to fewer firearm homicides in large, urban areas
State laws that require gun purchasers to obtain a license contingent on passing a background check performed by state or local law enforcement are associated with a 14 percent reduction in firearm homicides in large, urban counties. (2018-05-31)

US childhood mortality rates have lagged behind other wealthy nations for the past 50 years
In a new study of childhood mortality rates between 1961 and 2010 in the United States and 19 economically similar countries, researchers report that while there's been overall improvement among all the countries, the U.S. has been slowest to improve. (2018-01-08)

Portland State researcher advises tracking transgender homicides
More research should be pursued about violence against transgender individuals, especially among young and Black or Latina transfeminine women, according to a recent study completed a researcher and professor in the Oregon Health Sciences University-Portland State University School of Public Health. (2017-08-14)

New research examines the evolution of the firearm epidemic in the US
Public health approaches to firearm violence need to consider underlying demographic trends and differences by intent. (2019-04-27)

The greater a country's gender equality in employment, the higher its homicide rate
The greater a country's gender equality when it comes to employment, the higher the overall homicide rate, according to a Baylor University study of 146 countries. (2015-08-25)

90 percent of teens killed by an intimate partner are girls
Intimate partner homicide among teens does occur and 90 percent of the victims are girls, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. (2019-04-15)

93 percent of homicides of US law enforcement officers result from firearms
While occupational homicides continue to decline in the US, law enforcement remains one of the deadliest jobs in America. A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health The report found documents that 93 percent of homicides of law enforcement officers between 1996 and 2010 were committed with firearms. Among those homicides, 10 percent were committed using the officer's own service weapon. The findings could help develop new procedures to reduce risk to officers. (2013-05-30)

Do juvenile murderers deserve life without parole?
The US Supreme Court answered this question in two recent decisions (Miller v. Alabama, 2012; Montgomery v. Louisiana, 2016). 'Rarely,' the Court said, and only when developmental evidence shows that the juvenile is 'irreparably corrupt.' Moreover, in juvenile homicide cases, developmental evidence must now guide courts' assignment of lesser sentences than life with parole as well. (2016-08-24)

Suicide and homicide rates show large racial disparities across US states
Southern and Western states have the highest rates of white firearm suicide, while Midwestern states have highest rates of black firearm homicide, according to new research from McGill University. The findings place a spotlight on states where firearm policies may help reduce homicide and suicide rates. (2018-04-23)

Age-related racial disparity in suicide rates among US youth
Researchers investigated race-related differences in suicide rates in US youth. The researchers analyzed data separately for children ages 5-12 and adolescents ages 13-17. The suicide rate was roughly two times higher for black children compared with white children of the same age group. In contrast, the suicide rate for black adolescents was half that of white adolescents. The findings suggest the need for more research into contributing factors and targeted interventions for children. (2018-05-21)

Study highlights correlations between violent death and substance use
Consumption of alcohol or at least one drug was associated with over half the violent deaths that occurred in São Paulo City in the period analyzed. (2018-12-07)

Simulation model finds Cure Violence program and targeted policing curb urban violence
When communities and police work together to deter urban violence, they can achieve better outcomes with fewer resources than when each works in isolation, a simulation model created by researchers at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the University at Albany has found. (2017-12-14)

Under age 13, suicide rates are roughly double for black children vs. white children
A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that racial disparities in suicide rates are age-related. Specifically, suicide rates for black children aged 5-12 were roughly two times higher than those of similarly aged white children. (2018-05-22)

More students report carrying guns in Chicago than New York or Los Angeles
More students report carrying guns in Chicago than in New York or Los Angeles, a new Northwestern Medicine study shows. The findings provide historical background for Chicago's 2016 spike in gun violence, which occurred mostly among youth and young adults. (2018-04-19)

Forensic botany uses plant DNA to trace crimes
Sam Houston State University is advancing the field of forensic botany with the publication of two recent studies that use marijuana DNA to link drug supplies and pollen DNA to aid in forensic investigations. (2016-02-29)

New study linking blight and homicide may help predict where murder may occur
A new study led by LSU Department of Sociology Assistant Professor Matthew Valasik is the first to show a statistical connection between homicide, blighted buildings and convenient stores. (2019-02-08)

Knife crime: Assault data can help forecast fatal stabbings in London, study suggests
Knife crime data from a 12-month period could be used to help forecast the London neighborhoods most likely to suffer a fatal stabbing the following year, according to latest research. (2019-04-14)

Do gun restrictions help reduce gun deaths?
Researchers looked at the associations between firearm-related laws and firearm homicides, suicides, and unintentional injuries and deaths. The results indicate that gun violence tended to decline after countries passed new restrictions on gun purchasing and ownership. The paper is the first to explore the evidence from around the world on gun laws and gun violence to determine whether gun restrictions help reduce gun deaths. (2016-03-08)

Stepfathers' 'Cinderella effect' challenged by new study
Long-held assumptions that stepfathers are far more likely to be responsible for child deaths than genetic parents have been challenged by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Findings suggest that differences in rates of child homicides by stepfathers and genetic fathers are considerably smaller than previous researchers have claimed, and that the relative ages of fathers implicated in these crimes is more significant than whether they are the biological father of the child. (2018-09-24)

SHSU study examines death penalty support in Mexico
In sharp contrast to previous studies of public support for the death penalty conducted in the US, Catholics in Mexico were found to be more likely to support capital punishment, while older Mexicans and those living in states that bordered the US were less likely to support the death penalty, according to researchers at Sam Houston State University. (2017-03-28)

Rise in stranger homicides not linked to mental illness
Stranger homicides have increased, but this is not the result of homicides committed by mentally ill people and the (2004-03-25)

Gun ownership linked to greater incidence of domestic homicides
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier, reveals a unique and strong association between firearm ownership and the risk of domestic homicides. For each 10% increase in household gun ownership rates, the findings show a significant 13% increased incidence of domestic firearm homicide. The homicide risk differed across victim-offender relationships, with nondomestic firearm homicide rising only 2% among firearm owners. (2019-07-22)

Homicide is the largest contributor to years of lost life among black Americans
Homicide is the largest contributor to potential years of life lost among black Americans, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE and conducted by researchers at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. (2017-10-10)

Inequality in homicide rates in Chicago neighborhoods increased over 20-year period
While nearly all neighborhoods in Chicago benefited from reductions in homicide, relative inequality in crime between the city's safest and most dangerous neighborhoods actually increased by 10 percent over recent years, according to a new Northwestern University study. (2018-12-10)

Study finds increased long-term mortality in pediatric firearm injury survivors
Children and adolescents who survive assault, including by firearm, have increased long term mortality compared to those who survive unintentional, nonviolent trauma. (2018-12-04)

Changes in state policies impact fatal and non-fatal assaults of law enforcement officers
State-level policy changes can impact the number of fatal and non-fatal assaults, including shootings, of law enforcement officers, a new study finds. (2016-04-13)

Negative portrayals of shooting victims lead to victim blaming
Negative portrayals of shooting victims can lead people to blame the victim for his own death and to sympathize with the shooter, says a new study by researchers at Duke University and Simmons College. After reading a negative biographical sketch about the victim of a fatal shooting, study participants favored lighter sentences for the shooter, said study co-author Sarah Gaither, an assistant professor of psychology at Duke University. (2017-12-18)

Columbia experience could help reduce UK knife crime and street violence
A leading public health expert says the UK should learn lessons from systematic violence reduction work in Cali, Columbia to tackle rising rates of knife crime on British streets. The work in Columbia resulted in significant reductions in homicides between 1995 and 2018. (2019-04-12)

Stricter gun control could stop violent men killing their partners and themselves
Men who use guns to kill their partner are also likely to commit suicide. Those planning to commit suicide are not deterred by severe penalties, and therefore the most successful way of preventing such homicides is to restrict gun access to batterers. So says Sierra Smucker of Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy in the US. She is the lead author of a study in Springer's Journal of Urban Health. (2018-04-24)

Restrictive housing is associated with increased risk of death after release from prison
A new study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that being held in restrictive housing (i.e., solitary confinement) is associated with an increased risk of death after a person is released from prison. (2019-10-04)

Age-related racial disparities in suicide rates among youth ages 5 to 17 years
The study shows racial disparities in suicide rates are age-related. Specifically, suicide rates for black children aged 5-12 were roughly two times higher than those of similarly-aged white children. For older children, the trend reverses back to the national average. For youth aged 13-17 years, suicide was roughly 50 percent lower in black children than in white children. (2018-05-21)

Are people with mental illness more violent than other people?
The contribution of mental illness to societal violence is modest, despite increasing public concern about the potential for violence among mentally ill patients who have been treated and reside in the community, write researchers in this week's BMJ. (2002-09-05)

How US police departments can clear more homicides
Only about 65 percent of homicides in the United States are solved -- down 15 percent from the mid-1970s -- but a new study led by a Michigan State University criminologist examines how some police departments are getting it right. (2016-05-10)

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