California Vital Statistics and Homicide Data, 1990-1999

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, and event/transaction data
  • Van Court, Jason (California Department of Health Services. Epidemiology and Prevention for Injury Control Branch)
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • California Wellness Foundation
  • California Endowment
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
causes of death; homicide; offenders; victims; vital statistics
  • Abstract

    This data collection resulted from the project "Linked Homicide File for 1990-1999," which was conducted by the California Department of Health Services (CDHS), Epidemiology and Prevention for Injury Control Branch, for the purpose of studying homicide and providing evidence for the development of strategies to reduce homicide in California. The researchers combined the strengths of law enforcement reporting and medical reporting in one dataset. The homicide data contain information on victims and circumstances of the 34,542 homicides investigated by law enforcement agencies in California for the period 1990 to 1999. The data are Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR), which are received monthly by the Department of Justice from all local California law enforcement agencies as part of the national Uniform Crime Reporting program (UNIFORM CRIME REPORTS [UNITED STATES]: SUPPLEMENTARY HOMICIDE REPORTS, 1976-1999 [ICPSR 3180]). The researchers linked the SHRs to the CDHS vital statistics mortality data, which contain the death records provided by the medical examiner or coroner of each county after investigation of the death. Variables include total number of offenders involved, weapon used in the homicide, county of the victim's residence, location and date of the incident, date of death, cause of death, date of arrest for the suspect, and whether supplemental homicide report matched the death record. Demographic data include age, sex, and race of the victim and the suspect, relationships between the suspect and the victim, and the victim's marital status.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990 / 1999
    Time period: 1990--1999
  • Collection date: 2000
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Victims of homicides in California from 1990 to 1999.
2006-02-17. The principal investigator submitted a modified data file. Changes were made to the data file, setup files, and the codebook.2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions. Funding insitution(s): California Wellness Foundation. California Endowment. United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3482 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03482.v1
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    • ID: 10.5296/jsr.v4i1.3005 (DOI)
  • Wu, Bohsiu. Intimate homicide between Asians and non-Asians: The impact of community context. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.24, (7), 1148-1164.2009.
    • ID: 10.1177/0886260508322191 (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.1891/0886-6708.23.6.743 (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.1177/0887403405278087 (DOI)
  • Foxall, Mark. Latino Homicides: The Influence of Residential Segregation. Dissertation, University of Nebraska at Omaha. 2005.
  • Potts, Michael A.. Femicide in California, 1990-1999: A Comparison Study of Those Killed by Intimates and Those Killed by Strangers. Thesis, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 2005.
  • Reyna, Julio C.. An Analysis of Male and Female Suspected Offenders of Intimate Partner Homicide. Dissertation, Trinity College of Graduate Studies. 2005.
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  • Van Court, Jason, Trent, Roger B.. Why didn't we get them all? Analyzing unlinked records in California's linked homicide file. Homicide Studies.8, (3), 311-321.2004.
    • ID: 10.1177/1088767904265433 (DOI)
  • Riedel, Mark, Regoeczi, Wendy C.. The California Linked Homicide File: Exploring a New Data Source. The Relationship Between Non-Lethal and Lethal Violence: Proceedings of the 2002 Meeting of the Homicide Research Working Group .. 2003.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15