Faculty Publications

Title

The dynamics of murder-suicide in domestic situations

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Domestic homicide, Domestic violence, Homicide-suicide, Murder-suicide, Partner violence

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention

Volume

8

Issue

3

First Page

274

Last Page

282

Abstract

This paper explores dynamics involved in the commission of homicide followed by suicide. British and U.S. government and advocacy sources are used in addition to news accounts to examine this phenomenon. Domestic violence-related crimes are contrasted with elderly "altruistic" murder-suicide, school shootings, and political terrorism. Suicide is argued to be a primary motive in many domestic homicide situations. Limitation of the availability of firearms is seen as an important means of prevention in conjunction with a harm reduction safety plan. © The Author 2008. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

10-13-2008

DOI of published version

10.1093/brief-treatment/mhn012

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