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Virueda, Marie and Jason Payne. 2010 ‘Cause of Death.’ Homicide in Australia: 2007-08 National Homicide Monitoring Program Annual Report; Report 13, p. 14. Canberra: National Homicide Monitoring Program / NHMP, Australian Institute of Criminology. 17 December
Cause of Death
Since monitoring began, homicides involving the use of firearms have decreased by more than half. For example, 25 percent of homicides in 1989–90 (n=76) were known to have involved the use of a firearm, while in 2007–08, firearms were known to have been used in 12 percent (n=30) of homicide incidents.
Conversely, the number of homicides involving knives has remained relatively unchanged since 1989–90, although owing to the decline in firearm homicides, knife-related homicides make up a larger proportion of homicides recorded in the
more recent data (Figure 9).
Figure 9: Trends in Weapon Use in Homicide Incidents, 1989–90 to 2007–08 (%). Source: AIC NHMP 1989–90 to 2007–08 [computer file], p.15