Domestic Homicide in New Brunswick: An Overview of Some Contributing Factors

  • Deborah Doherty Deborah Doherty, Exceutive Director, Public Legal Educationand Information Service of New Brunswick, is currently coprincipalinvestigator on two family violence research studiesassociated with the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre forFamily Violence Research (FVRC/CRVF), University of New Brunswick, and is the Vice-Chair of the New Brunswick LegalAid Services Commission.


This study looks at domestic homicides of women in New Brunswick from 1984 to 2005. It examines factors associated with higher homicide risk for women and reviews the criminal justice system response. The study suggests that national studies of domestic homicide are urban-centric and that rurality itself may be a risk factor.