More homicides, fewer supports in Toronto’s predominantly Black neighbourhoods: U of T research

A map of Toronto showing devastating, disproportionate prevalence of homicide in predominantly African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) neighbourhoods throughout Toronto

Published on Jan 26, 2022

A new report and interactive map from The Centre for Research & Innovation for Black Survivors of Homicide Victims (the CRIB) provides insight into where homicides often happen, the factors that place Black communities at increased risk and the location of resources available to support those affected by homicide – including families and friends who are faced with the devastating challenge of grieving the violent death of their loved ones.

“To our knowledge, this is the first project of its kind to map the disproportionate impact of homicide on African, Caribbean, Black (ACB) communities in Toronto, while providing context for the root causes of homicide and recommendations for an action plan,” says Tanya Sharpe, an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and founding director of the CRIB. 

“The absence of and lack of access to race-based data collection obstructs our ability to comprehend and respond appropriately to the chronic and cumulative impact that homicide has on Black communities. The CRIB aims to change that.”

Tanya Sharpe

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