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 Homicide is arguably the most serious offence that can be committed against a person. Sometimes homicide is an unplanned consequence of another criminal act such as a robbery or sexual assault. Homicide can have a devastating effect on the family and friends of the primary victim as well as the whole community.

The definition of homicide as interpreted by the National Homicide Monitoring Program includes:

  • All cases resulting in a person or persons being charged with murder or manslaughter. This excludes other driving related fatalities except where these immediately follow a criminal event such as armed robbery or motor vehicle theft.
  • All murder-suicide classed as murder by the police.
  • All other deaths classed by the police as homicides (including infanticides) even though no suspect offender has been apprehended.

When a homicide occurs the family and friends of the victim will experience severe emotions including anger, sadness, guilt, blame, depression and denial.

These emotions are often further complicated by additional stress placed on the family including the finalising their loved one’s estate, organising a funeral, getting time off work and possible involvement with the criminal justice system.

There is help available if you are experiencing the loss of someone from a homicide, contact Victim Support ACT on 1800 822 272 or victimsupport@act.gov.au. You can also contact another support agency in the Links page to find out what help is available for you.