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NCJ Number: 166639 Find in a Library
Title: Suicide Following Homicide in the Family
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:11  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer 1996)  Pages:99-112
Author(s): M Cooper; D Eaves
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 14
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 124 family homicides involving 148 victims in British Columbia, Canada during 1984-1992 were analyzed to determine the characteristics of victims, perpetrators, and circumstances leading to the homicide or the homicide followed by a suicide.
Abstract: The homicides all involved victims and perpetrators who were related directly or indirectly through blood or an intimate relationship. Results revealed that 18 percent of the perpetrators committed suicide. Suicide occurred only after the killing of an intimate partner, an offspring, or both. Results were also consistent with an evolutionary perspective in that homicides followed by suicide were most often attributable to male proprietariness or mental illness. Male proprietariness was demonstrated by the killing of former intimate partners or offspring following an intimate separation. In contrast, none of the murders that occurred as a result of child abuse, family conflict, financial or criminal motives, or violence by the victim was followed by suicide. Tables and 11 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Homicide victims
Index Term(s): British Columbia; Criminology; Family homicide; Foreign offenders; Suicide causes
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