New report suggests most homicide victims in Canada were women

A new report on domestic homicide in Canada says more than three quarters of victims were women.

The report says being a member of certain specific demographic groups elevates the risk of a violent death even more.

The report from the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative, tracked data from across the country and analyzed relevant deaths between 2010 and 2015.

Of the 476 people slain in a domestic homicide during that time, the report found 76 per cent of them were women or girls.

The study focused particularly on four vulnerable groups, those of Indigenous heritage, immigrants and refugees, people living in remote or rural areas, and children.

Taken together, people belonging to those four groups comprised 53 per cent of homicide victims killed during that time period.

Myrna Dawson, report co-author and University of Guelph professor says the numbers should serve as a wakeup call to a society that may have been lulled into a false sense of security about the safety of women and vulnerable populations.