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1 in 5 homicides were the result of domestic violence

Domestic violence was the second most common cause of homicide in San Diego County in 2013 – with argument being the most frequent reason and gang activity ranking third, according to a new report released by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division.

The report, “San Diego Violent Crime Victims and Suspects in 2013,” identifies variations over the years in the rate of homicide tied to domestic violence, ranging from a low of 16 percent in 2008 to a high of 30 percent in 2011.

“Countywide, females were more likely to be murdered as a result of domestic violence, while males were more often a homicide victim due to an argument, robbery, or gang-related incident,” SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Director Dr. Cynthia Burke said. “These trends have been fairly consistent over the years.”

Other key findings from the report include the following:
• More than four in five (83%) female homicide victims were murdered by a spouse/intimate partner or family member, compared to 16 percent of males.
• Domestic violence was more often the primary factor when a victim was Hispanic (29%) or an “other” race/ethnicity (36%), compared to white (9%) or black (0%).
• While women 18 to 24 make up only 12 percent of the regional population, they comprise 34 percent of rape victims.
• Forty-two percent of rape suspects are age 25 to 39, although this age group makes up only 22 percent of the region’s population.

In addition to domestic violence and rape statistics, the report provides insights on how different ethnic groups and age groups are affected by different types of crime.

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