Map of the Week: Gender and homicide
|AARON LYNETT/TORONTO STAR|
We have been mapping homicides in the GTA's five regions since January, 2005, and sorting them by a number of characteristics. (Our main homicide map, with victims sorted by age, gender, year and gun/non-gun is here.)
One distinct pattern on the map is gender - homicides with male victims are much more clearly tied to geography than homicides with female victims. This week's maps separate male from female homicide victims to show the pattern more clearly.
Homicides with male victims form a sharply defined pattern, starting in Malton and continuing east through Rexdale, then down along Jane and Weston Road into the downtown. To the east, they spread out into Scarborough in a looser way, with clusters in Flemingdon Park, north of Danforth and Victoria Park, and Malvern.
Killings of women are more diffuse on the map, with the closest thing to a real pattern along Dundas, and Yonge between Dundas and Bloor.
This is a one-off map (with data current to June 13, 2009), and will not be updated. If you are looking for an updated homicide map for the GTA after that date, go here.