Characteristics of the victims of homicide
The characteristics of the victims of homicide can vary greatly from year to year, as the overall numbers of offences is relatively low. However, there are some key patterns from the data:
- The majority of murder victims in England and Wales are male. In the year ending March 2022, 72% of victims were male and 28% were female.
- Female victims of homicide have most commonly been killed by a partner or ex-partner, accounting for 59% of victims in the last decade where the relationship could be determined.
- Male victims of homicide have most commonly been killed by a friend or acquaintance (40% of victims where the relationship was determined).
- In the year ending March 2022, the rate of homicide was highest for Black and Black British victims and lowest for those of Mixed or multiple ethnicities.
Method of killing
In the year ending March 2022, 41% of homicides involved a sharp instrument. This was the most common method of killing, followed by hitting or kicking (without the use of a weapon).
Sentencing and convictions
As of May 2023, charges had been made in almost two thirds (63%) of homicide cases recorded in 2021/22. Just under a quarter (24%) of cases had not been assigned an outcome.
In the most recent year, the year to March 2022, 414 people were indicted for homicide and 318 were convicted.
If you are accused of murder or manslaughter you should seek legal advice immediately.
It is vital that you receive the best advice possible and provide as much detail of the facts of your case as you can to ensure the right result for you.
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