Aboriginal women continue to be most frequently killed by men they know, the RCMP said Friday as it released updated findings on missing and murdered indigenous women.
Another 32 aboriginal women have been murdered and 11 more have disappeared since the force last reported on the issue 13 months ago. Its initial report put the tally at 1,181 murdered and missing women, between 1980 and 2012.
The RCMP said Friday that female victims, regardless of their ethnicity, continue to be targeted most often by men within their own homes and communities.
“There is an unmistakable connection between homicide and family violence,” RCMP deputy commissioner Janice Armstrong said.
The RCMP data, based only on findings in areas under the force’s jurisdiction, show that homicides of aboriginal women are solved in 81 per cent of cases, similar to the 83 per cent solution rate for killings of non-aboriginal women.
We know who’s killing aboriginal women. Most of them are men — 89%. Close to 40% of the killers were either the spouses or boyfriends of the victims, 23% of them were family members, and 30% were acquaintances. Only a small minority of the killers were strangers — 8%.
There one has it.