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.

The Killing of Parents in Humans

The killing of parents in humans
Kathleen M. Heide

Introduction

The killing of parents by children is a worldwide phenomenon. Clinical reports and studies document the killings of fathers and mothers by their offspring in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. Although the term parricide technically refers to the killing of a close relative, it is commonly used in the literature to denote the murder of an individual's father (patricide) or mother (matricide). When these types of homicides occur, media coverage tends to be widespread because the killing of parents is considered unthinkable in all cultures. Furthermore, it violates two Biblical commandments: ‘Honor thy father and mother’ and ‘thou shalt not kill’ (Heide, ...

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