Bulletin of the World Health Organization

The epidemiology of child homicides in South Africa

Shanaaz Mathews, Naeemah Abrahams, Rachel Jewkes, Lorna J Martin & Carl Lombard

Volume 91, Number 8, August 2013, 562-568

Table 4. Number and fraction of homicides involving the four main causes of death, by age of victim, South Africa, 2009

Age (years) By cause of death (%)
Stab wound (n = 266) Blunt force trauma (n = 238) Strangulation/asphyxiation (n = 118) Gunshot wound (n = 116) All (n = 1018)
< 5 7.2 30.7 55.9 17.7 39.6
5–9 1.9 13.1 20.5 9.1 8.6
10–14 12.4 8.4 15.2 21.4 10.9
15–17 78.5 47.8 8.4 51.8 41.0