Remember the saying that the spouse is almost always the one who committed the murder? Or the fear that people should have of family members who might harm you?
Take the breakdown of the 16,272 murders in 2008.
Family current of past, immediate family or not
9.4% are murders committed by the Husband, Wife, Common-law Husband, Common-law Wife, Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Brother, Sister, In-law, Stepfather, Stepmother, Stepson, or Stepdaughter.