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 (Killing of Spouse and Children) by Women

Familicide (Killing of Spouse and Children) by Women

Familicide (killing of spouse and children) by women
Margarita Poteyeva


Relative to their proportion among homicide offenders generally, women are overrepresented among perpetrators of domestic homicide. However, women tend to either kill children or kill intimate partners, but not both in the same incident (Jurik and Winn, 1990; DeJong et al., 2011). Familicide refers to the killing of multiple family members, typically the homicide of an intimate partner and at least one child. Some studies, however, cast a wider net in conceptualizing familicide and include cases where children kill one or both of their parents plus other family members (e.g., Fegadel and Heide, 2017). Other researchers draw the boundaries more narrowly and explore familicide ...

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