The field of Domestic Violence research has expanded considerably in the past decade and now includes work conducted by researchers in many different disciplines, notably political science, public health, law, psychology, sociology, criminology, anthropology, family studies, and medicine. The SAGE Handbook of Domestic Violence provides a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field, organized by relationship type. The handbook addresses the three major areas of research on domestic violence: (1) Violence against partners; (2) Violence against children; and (3) Violence against other family members. This Handbook is a unique and timely publication and a long awaited, valuable resource for the vast amount of Domestic Violence research centres and individual researchers across the globe. Part 1: Men's Violence Against Women; Part 2: Women's Violence Against Men; Part 3: Violence Against Partners in Homosexual Relationships; Part 4: Mothers' Violence Against Children; Part 5: Father's Violence Against Children; Part 6: Other Circumstances of Neglect, Abuse, and Violence Against Children; Part 7: Violence Against Siblings; Part 8: Violence Against Parents; and Part 9: Violence Against Other Family Members.

Familicide: The Killing of Spouse and Children by Men1

Familicide: The Killing of Spouse and Children by Men1

Familicide: the killing of spouse and children by men
Marieke Liem


Familicide refers to the killing of multiple family members, and most commonly includes the murder of an intimate partner and child(ren) (Wilson et al., 1995; Leveillee et al., 2009; Aho et al., 2017). Other forms of multiple family homicides, such as killing of parents and/or siblings, are much less common, and are addressed in other chapters in this volume. In this chapter, the focus lies on the most prevalent type of familicide, namely, cases involving the killing of spouse and children by men.


It is important to note that some studies group multiple family homicides together with other forms of multiple murder (e.g. ...

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