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Perpetrators and victims of homicide

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Homicides on the decline. Family related homicides are growing: victims mostly women, perpetrators men.

In 2019, there were 315 homicides (345 in 2018): 204 men and 111 women. 19.7% (of which 17.6% male and 23.4% female) are foreign victims.

Homicides have been falling since the 1990s, especially those due to organised crime (29 in 2019, 9.2% of the total).

However, the number of family related and intimate partner related homicides is increasing: 150 in 2019 (47.5% of the total); 93 victims were women (83.8% of the total female homicides).

In court proceedings, the number of defendants for homicide in ‘relational contexts’ is increasing (246 in 2010, 271 in 2018).

Reference period: Years 2018-2019

Date of Issue: 08 March 2021

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