Risk factors for femicide-suicide in abusive relationships: Results from a multisite case control study

Jane Koziol-McLain, Daniel Webster, Judith McFarlane, Carolyn Rebecca Block, Yvonne Ulrich, Nancy Glass, Jacquelyn C. Campbell

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Abstract

The killing of women by men who then take their own lives (femicide-suicide) is the most common form of homicide-suicide. This study identified femicide-suicide risk factors in an 11-city case-control study of femicide in the United States. Perpetrator, victim, relationship, and incident characteristics were analyzed for femicide-suicide cases (n = 67) and controls (n = 356, women living in the community with nonfatal physical abuse) using logistic regression modeling. Two risk factors emerged that were unique to femicide-suicides cases compared to overall femicide risk analyses: prior perpetrator suicide threats and victims having ever been married to the perpetrator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalViolence and victims
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • Homicide-suicide
  • Murder-suicide
  • Partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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