WATCH: The RCMP provided an updated on the cases of murdered and missing aboriginal women. The Mounties said they are making progress in solving a handful of all the dozens of unsolved cases. Laura Stone has the details.
OTTAWA – The RCMP has released updated findings on murdered and missing aboriginal women, including data which indicate there is a strong connection between homicides and family violence.
The Mounties says female victims, regardless of ethnicity, are most frequently killed by men within their own homes and communities.
The RCMP data 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.
The force says its review reaffirms that prevention efforts need to address family violence.
The update follows a report last year on missing and murdered aboriginal women which said there were 1,181 cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women between 1980 and 2012.
The RCMP says 11 additional aboriginal women have gone missing since the 2014 report.