Intimate partner homicide: Review and implications of research and policy

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Current rates of intimate partner homicide of females are approximately 4 to 5 times the rate for male victims, although the rates for both have decreased during the past 25 years. The major risk factor for intimate partner homicide, no matter if a female or male partner is killed, is prior domestic violence. This review presents and critiques the evidence supporting the other major risk factors for intimate partner homicide in general, and for intimate partner homicide of women (femicide) in particular, namely guns, estrangement, stepchild in the home, forced sex, threats to kill, and nonfatal strangulation (choking). The demographic risk factors are also examined and the related phenomena of pregnancy-related homicide, attempted femicide, and intimate partner homicide-suicide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-269
Number of pages24
JournalTrauma, Violence, and Abuse
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Domestic violence
  • Gender
  • Homicide
  • Intimate partner homicide
  • Intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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