A Comparison of Domestic and Non-Domestic Homicides: Further Evidence for Distinct Dynamics and Heterogeneity of Domestic Homicide Perpetrators

  • Juodis M
  • Starzomski A
  • Porter S
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Abstract

To facilitate a deeper understanding of domestic homicide (DH), the
correctional files of 37 male DH perpetrators were examined. Victim,
perpetrator and offense characteristics were compared against those from
78 non-domestic homicide perpetrator files to elucidate distinct
dynamics. Risk factors preceding DHs were identified retrospectively
using the revised Danger Assessment (DA; Campbell et al. 2009), and the
role of psychopathy was explored via the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised
(Hare 2003). DHs exhibited distinctive dynamics, especially in terms of
perpetrators' predominant drives to inflict harm out of proprietary
revenge. Most DHs did not occur ``out of the blue{''}, as 82.9 % of
cases showed elements of planning; and 86.5 % were identified as a
homicide risk according to the revised DA. Psychopathic DH perpetrators
were less likely to act suicidal prior to homicides and more likely to
kill in a dispassionate, premeditated and gratuitously violent manner.
The findings underscore the importance of coordinated community
responses.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Crime characteristics
  • Danger assessment
  • Domestic homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Male perpetrators
  • Psychopathy
  • Risk assessment

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Authors

  • Marcus Juodis

  • Andrew Starzomski

  • Stephen Porter

  • Michael Woodworth

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