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Study examines criminal records of homicide offenders
The prevalence of having a serious criminal record is far higher among persons arrested for homicide than for the general population, according to researchers analyzing data of all arrests and felony convictions in Illinois for 1990 - 2000. (2005-08-02)

States with higher levels of gun ownership have higher homicide rates
In the first nationally representative study to examine the relationship between survey measures of household firearm owenrship and state level rates of homicide, the Harvard Injury Control Research Center found that homicide rates are higher in states where more households have guns. (2007-01-11)

Exploring homicide in an international context
Most Americans have a stereotypical picture of the causes and characteristics of homicide, but is that picture accurate (2008-02-08)

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)

Homicide spreads like infectious disease
Homicide moves through a city in a process similar to infectious disease, according to a new study that may give police a new tool in tracking and ultimately preventing murders. (2012-11-29)

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)

Suspects of child abuse homicide are convicted at rates similar to suspects of adult homicides
Child abuse homicide offenders appear to be convicted at a rate similar to that of adult homicide offenders in Utah and receive similar levels in severity of sentencing, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2011-10-03)

Murderers who killed during robberies more likely to return to crime when paroled
Murderers who committed homicide during robberies are more likely to commit crimes again when they are paroled, compared to murderers who committed homicide under other circumstances, according to research from North Carolina State University and Harvard University. (2014-02-03)

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)

Mentally ill patients more likely to die by homicide
Mentally ill patients are six times more likely to die by homicide than the general population, conclude authors of a study in this week's issue of THE LANCET. The study also highlights how people with mental illness have higher death rates from suicide and accidental causes. (2001-12-20)

The Lancet Psychiatry: Mental health patients more than twice as likely to be victims of homicide than the general public
Patients with mental illness are two and a half times more likely to be victims of homicide than people in the general population, according to a national study examining the characteristics of homicide victims across England and Wales, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. (2014-06-17)

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)

Researchers study hidden homicide trend
Gun-related homicide among young men rose sharply in the United States in recent years even though the nation's overall homicide rate remained flat, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Between 1999 and 2005, homicide involving firearms increased 31 percent among black men ages 25 to 44 and 12 percent among white men of the same age. (2008-06-26)

New study opens case on emotional stress of senior police investigators in child homicide
Child homicide can shatter families and communities. But what emotional effect does it have on detectives who might have to investigate such crimes repeatedly during their careers? University of Huddersfield psychologists are carrying out research into the subject, aiming to build up knowledge that could help ensure the mental well-being of police officers and lead to improved training guidelines. (2017-05-19)

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)

Neighborhood features associated with decreased odds of homicide in adolescents
Neighborhood features including street lighting, parks, public transportation and maintained vacant lots were associated with lower odds of homicide among young people ages 13 to 20, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. (2016-03-07)

January Health Affairs: Impact of violence on Mexico's life expectancy
One of the studies in the January issue of Health Affairs examines life expectancy trends in Mexico between 2000 and 2010 and notes that homicide rates in the second half of the decade caused male life expectancy to stagnate. (2016-01-05)

Can science predict gang killings?
Gang slayings move in a systematic pattern over time, spreading from one vulnerable area to the next like a disease, finds a groundbreaking study by Michigan State University criminologists and public health researchers. (2015-08-13)

Criminologists try to solve murder mystery: Who will become a killer?
In a study of 1,354 youths charged with serious crimes, the youths charged with homicide had lower IQs and more exposure to violence. (2014-10-21)

MSU-led team to combat Puerto Rico's murder epidemic
Hoping to curb Puerto Rico's soaring murder rate, the Justice Department has tapped a renowned team of homicide investigators led by a Michigan State University criminologist to help the island's police force. (2012-11-01)

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)

BU researchers: 'Set' of gun laws needed to reduce gun violence
First-ever study to examine gun control effects on urban and suburban/rural firearm homicide rates finds different laws are more effective in different areas. (2019-08-07)

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)

Mental Health Services Should Aim To Improve Safety To Prevent Suicide And Homicide
In England and Wales, about 1000 people who commit suicide each year (nearly a quarter of all suicides) and about 40 of those who commit homicide (about eight per cent of all UK homicides) have had some contact with the mental health services in the year before death, suggest researchers from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, at the University of Manchester. (1999-05-07)

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)

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)

Firearm homicide rate higher in US counties with greater income inequality
Counties in the United States with greater gaps between rich and poor have a higher rate of homicide deaths involving firearms, according to a national study by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health. These same counties experienced higher levels of crime and poverty, and lower levels of community social networks. (2019-02-20)

BU finds universal background checks lower homicide rates
A new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers finds states with universal background check laws had homicide rates 15 percent lower than states without them. (2019-03-28)

SHSU professor investigates trends for elderly and crime
While the elderly represent the fastest growing segment of the population, too little is known about the nature and scope of crime impacting this generation. Victoria Titterington of Sam Houston State University is trying to change that with a series of studies that examine the elderly and crime. (2012-05-31)

Higher gun ownership rates linked to increase in non-stranger homicide, BU study finds
A new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher has found that states with higher estimated rates of gun ownership experience a higher incidence of non-stranger firearms homicides -- disputing the claim that gun ownership deters violent crime, its authors say. (2014-09-29)

No silver bullet: ISU study identifies risk factors of youth charged with murder
News of a school shooting or a homicide involving a teenage suspect always leads to the question of why? It is human nature to want an explanation or someone to blame, and policymakers try to pinpoint a cause in an effort to prevent it from happening again. But too often, the speculation or rush to judgment clouds reality, said Matt DeLisi, a professor of sociology and criminal justice at Iowa State University. (2014-10-22)

New research: More than every second female homicide is committed by the partner
Intimate partner homicide - that is women who are killed by their partner - constitutes a significant proportion of the homicide statistics in Denmark. A new and extensive research study from the Department of Forensic Medicine at Aarhus University examines all homicides in Denmark over a quarter of a century. (2019-09-16)

Homicide is a leading cause of pregnancy-associated death in Louisiana
Homicide is a leading cause of death among pregnant and postpartum women in Louisiana, according to an analysis of birth and death records from 2016 and 2017. The study, appearing as a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics, was funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health. (2020-02-03)

Children living in areas where homicides committed have lower reading, verbal test scores
Children living in areas where homicides are committed have lower reading and verbal test scores, a study by New York University Sociology Professor Patrick Sharkey shows. (2010-06-14)

Marijuana detected in homicide victims nearly doubles
Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health assessed the time trends in alcohol and marijuana detected in homicide victims and found that the prevalence of marijuana almost doubled, increasing from 22 percent in 2004 to 42 percent in 2016. Alternately, the prevalence of alcohol declined slightly from 40 percent in 2004 to 35 percent in 2016. (2020-01-08)

New research is first to explore regional differences in US serial killings
Did you know that people living in the Western region of the United States are more likely to become victims of a serial killer than people living in the Northeast? The February issue of Homicide Studies, published by Sage, is the first to explore research looking at the considerable interstate and regional differences in serial killer activity. (2007-01-24)

Study finds homicide detectives work aggressively to solve all cases, regardless of victim race
The race of homicide victims doesn't affect whether police will solve the victim's murder or not, according to a study of one city's police department. Researchers found no evidence that homicide detectives spent less time or effort on cases involving African-American victims, as some police critics have suggested. (2003-06-30)

Strong alcohol policies help reduce alcohol-involved homicides
Stronger alcohol policies, including taxes and sales restrictions, have been shown to reduce the likelihood of alcohol involvement among homicide victims, according to a new study from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University. (2017-09-21)

Permitting workers to carry weapons ups the chance that they will be killed
Homicides among workers are three times as likely in workplaces that permit weapons as in those in which all weapons are prohibited, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows. (2005-04-26)

BU study finds link between state gun ownership rates and murders of women
Women in states with higher rates of gun ownership are at greater risk of being killed by people they know than those in states where a smaller percentage of people own guns. And ownership rates alone explain 40 percent of the variation in women's homicide victimization rates, compared to only 1.5 percent of the variation in men's victimization rates, according to a new study by Boston University School of Public Health researchers. (2016-01-26)

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