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Intimate partner homicide. Identifying risk factors for intimate partner homicide through structured risk assessment, court documents, and interviews with bereaved.

Intimate partner homicide. Identifying risk factors for intimate partner homicide through structured risk assessment, court docu

Sist oppdatert den 3. September 2014

Intimate partner homicide (IPH) is the most common type of domestic homicide, and it is the only form of lethal violence in which women are the principal victims (Liem & Roberts, 2009). In most countries, the number of women murdered by their husbands is two to five times higher than the number of men murdered by their wives (Elisha, Idisis, Timor, & Addad, 2010). In Norway, the number of women murdered by their current or former intimate partner is eight times higher (Kripos, 2012). Even though women are far more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than by anyone else, it is an infrequent occurrence, even in at-risk populations (Campbell, Glass, Sharps, Laughon, & Bloom, 2007; Campbell, Webster, & Glass, 2009; Eke, Hilton, Harris, Rice, & Houghton, 2011).However, it is essential to prevent further tragedies of IPH. Identifying valid risk factors for IPH is basic to enhance the awareness and inform risk management. Recent studies support the validity of both structured risk assessment and victim perceptions as predictors of risk for repeat intimate partner violence (IPV). Combining structured risk assessments and individual victim risk assessments leads to better predictions than either alone, suggesting that the two forms of assessment provide complementary information (Connor-Smith, Henning, Moore, & Holdford, 2011; Heckert & Gondolf, 2004). Accordingly, this study will assess risk factors for intimate partner homicide by combining structured risk assessment, based on information available in court documents, and individual risk assessment provided through interviews with bereaved.