Death by Domestic Violence: Preventing the Murders and Murder-Suicides
  • Death by Domestic Violence: Preventing the Murders and Murder-Suicides
  • Death by Domestic Violence: Preventing the Murders and Murder-Suicides

Death by Domestic Violence: Preventing the Murders and Murder-Suicides

by Katherine van Wormer, Albert R. Roberts
     
 

Each year, about 33 percent of all women and 3 percent of all men murdered in the United States, are killed by a so-called intimate, a spouse, partner, or lover. Nationwide, murder by an intimate is the number one cause of death for pregnant women. And murder by an intimate is not just an American problem. A European task force recently found domestic violence

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Each year, about 33 percent of all women and 3 percent of all men murdered in the United States, are killed by a so-called intimate, a spouse, partner, or lover. Nationwide, murder by an intimate is the number one cause of death for pregnant women. And murder by an intimate is not just an American problem. A European task force recently found domestic violence accounts for 25 percent of all homicides in London, and 35 percent across England and Wales. In this timely book, van Wormer and Roberts describe the problem, and what they have seen and heard on the front lines with both women and men who have escaped domestic violence that was escalating toward deadly levels. The text examines not only the psychology of the batterer but of domestic murder, and domestic murder-suicide. Drawn from the experience and insights of these two widely-known social workers, the text includes a safety plan for those at risk and a chapter providing narratives of women in prison for killing their abusive husband or partner.

Drawing on the experience and insights of these two widely-known social workers, Death by Domestic Violence separates domestic violence myths and facts, explains the traumatic bonding that occurs between batterer and victim, and details how one facet of the solution could be school-based interventions and education. The book culminates with recommendations for further reduction of harm and a safety plan for those at risk.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313354892
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Series:
Social and Psychological Issues: Challenges and Solutions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1 Women and Families at Risk: An Overview 1

Pt. I The Psychology of Life-Threatening Abuse 21

2 Risk Factors for Domestic Homicide 23

3 The Dynamics of Murder-Suicide in Domestic Situations 42

4 The Role of Alcohol and Other Drugs in Domestic Homicide Katherine van Wormer van Wormer, Katherine Alissa Mallow Mallow, Alissa Kelly Ward Ward, Kelly 54

5 Issues of Power and Control in the Death of a Loved One Kelly Ward Ward, Kelly Carolyn A. Bradley Bradley, Carolyn A. 66

6 Portraits of Life in the Aftermath of Domestic Homicide Marilyn Peterson Armour Armour, Marilyn Peterson 85

Pt. II The Sociology of Domestic Homicide 99

7 Domestic Homicide Worldwide Katherine van Wormer van Wormer, Katherine Woochan S. Shim Shim, Woochan S. 101

8 Response of the U.S. Criminal Justice System 116

9 Personal Narratives of Women in Prison for Partner Homicide 136

Pt. III Prevention 149

10 Safety Plans for the Prevention of Intimate Homicide 151

11 Work with Dangerous Battering Men 164

Index 187

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