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Domestic Homicide

Domestic homicide constitutes an extreme type of interpersonal violence. This book offers a much-needed synthesis of the literature on domestic homicide, covering its history; the theories supporting it; its various forms such as filicide, intimate partner homicide, parricide, siblicide, familicide and homicide-suicide; and its prevention.

Marieke Liem, Frans Koenraadt
27 March 2018

The authors explore the predominant theories that have been used to explain domestic homicides in general, as well as specific subtypes of domestic homicide.

Each chapter then examines various types of domestic homicide according to relationship between victim and perpetrator. Drawing on empirical evidence, it offers a unique insight into the dynamics of domestic homicides, and debunks some of the most common stereotypes surrounding it. The book concludes with an overview of the main areas of prevention of domestic homicide and offers recommendations for professionals working in domestic violence services, medical practitioners and mental health services. 

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