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Knives and Violent Crime in Canada, 2008

September 29, 2016

This 2008 Statistics Canada report looks at violent crime with knives in Canada, with some comparison to Firearms.

Only 18% of violent crimes in Canada involve a weapon; when a weapon is used, knives are the most common. A knife was used against 6% of all victims in 2008, compared to clubs or blunt instruments used against 3% and a firearm used against only 2%. Homicides and attempted murders had the highest proportion involving knives at about one-third. Knife related homicides between 1999 and 2008 were most commonly between acquaintances (49%), usually during the course of an argument. Family members committed another 35% of fatal stabbings. Gang related homicides however, are most commonly committed with a firearm (73%).

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