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Drop in deadly violence in Sweden- fall in murders

Wednesday, 27 April 2011
The number of murders in Sweden has decreased by about 25 percent in 20 years. The decline is particularly true for alcohol-related cases, according to a new report from the Swedish  Council of crime prevetion (Br�) which describes the last 20 years of deadly violence in Sweden .

Deadly violence, ie murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide by abuse, are among the crimes that most frightens us in Sweden and this has decreased according to the Swedish council of crime prevention, Br�.


However, the number of homicide related to criminal conflict increased. The percentage of solved crimes in terms of lethal violence against adult women has decreased. It is typically difficult solved crimes if they become numerous, namely death with a shot weapon which takes place outdoors with men as victims. However, the clearing rate has remains unchanged in the case of lethal violence against women, children and adolescents.

In the early 1990s, Sweden experienced an increase in deadly violence. After that, the growth slowed down and the numbers are now in decline.

“The number of attempted murders has not declined. But unplanned events that caused death, such as spontaneous fights and incidents linked to alcohol abuse has decreased, "says Sven Granath, an investigator at Br�.

Changing drinking habits may be an explanation, the report said. Despite an increase in total sales of alcoholic beverages, less hard liquor has been sold today compared to twenty years ago. Even better emergency care is identified as a possible explanation for why fewer are dying of violence.

A type of crime that has continues to reduce in deadly violence is against children, in particular cases where one parent is the perpetrator. According to the report, it depends on the efforts of families with mental illness and depressed parents, better prenatal care and stricter legislation against violence against women in intimate relationships.
Each year about 90 people die in Sweden in circumstances that are classed as murder, manslaughter or negligent homicide by abuse.
By Scancomark.se Team

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