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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: England and Wales

Unit of Measurement: Rate per 100,000 population

Footnote: 1. The period April to March is being used to report annual data. 2. Figures for 2011/12, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2018/19 include 1 victim with unknown gender. 3. Figures for 2015/16 includes 1 victim with unknown age. 4. Data for City of London have been suppressed due to the small population size of the police force area. 5. Figures for 2010/11 includes 12 victims of Derrick Bird. Figures for 2016/17 includes 96 victims of Hillsborough and four victims of the Westminster Bridge attack. Figures for 2017/18 incudes 31 victims of the terrorist attacks that involved multiple victims, including the Manchester Arena bombing, the London Bridge attack and 11 victims of the Shoreham air crash.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

England and Wales

Unit of measurement

Rate per 100,000 population


Homicide figures have been compiled from the Homicide Index recorded by the Home Office, which contains detailed record-level information about each homicide recorded by police in England and Wales. The Homicide Index data are based on the year when the offence was recorded as a crime, not when the offence took place or when the case was heard in court. While in the vast majority of cases the offence will be recorded in the same year as it took place, this is not always the case. Caution is therefore needed when looking at longer-term homicide trends.

Available disaggregations

No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator as appropriate data was readily available in the final format specified by this indicator.

Other information

The Homicide Index is continually updated with revised information from the police as investigations continue and as cases are heard by the courts. For further information, see the user guide for the Homicide Index. Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Number of victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 population, by sex and age

Target name

Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Health Organization (WHO)

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Office for National Statistics (ONS)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

England and Wales

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Release date


Next release

To be confirmed

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

Other information

Data acquired from tables 4 and 19.