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Explainer: why homicide rates in Australia are declining

According to the latest figures, homicides in Australia are at historic lows and compare well against international trends.

So what do the trends tell us and why is the homicide rate in Australia declining?

  • Terry Goldsworthy
  • The Conversation

Perceptions and realities

A search of the Factiva media database reveals that over the past five years, there have been about 14,000 media stories each year concerning murder or homicide in Australia.

In reality, there were 229 homicide incidents with 235 victims in Australia between July 1 2015 and…

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