Killing the other - killing the self, a distorted strategy for survival : intimate partner homicide and familicide in Western Australia 1966-2005

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Abstract

[Truncated] This thesis examines all cases of intimate partner homicide and familicide that occurred in Western Australia over a ten year period. In order to obtain the data, police records, coroner's records and Family Court records were accessed, as were newspapers and electronic newspaper archives. Twelve perpetrators and eight survivors were interviewed. Perpetrators were asked to complete the Child Trauma Questionnaire, a retrospective self-reporting measure of childhood trauma, in addition to being interviewed about their experience of homicide. Each person interviewed had a direct and intimate knowledge of the offence, the perpetrators, the victims and of other family members, and recognised that they and their extended families had suffered enduring trauma as a result of the homicide(s). In some cases survivors had found the body of their loved one or been present when the homicide occurred.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
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Publication statusUnpublished - 2008

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