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Understanding Domestic Homicide

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This groundbreaking examination of murder among intimate partners considers domestic homicides in all their guises — not just those occurring between sexual partners but the killing of children, parents, and siblings as well. Unlike previous studies of domestic killings, which focus on statistical findings, the work illuminates the complex factors that motivate intimate partner murders.

Drawing on extensive documentary sources and field research, Neil Websdale unearths the case ...

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Overview

This groundbreaking examination of murder among intimate partners considers domestic homicides in all their guises — not just those occurring between sexual partners but the killing of children, parents, and siblings as well. Unlike previous studies of domestic killings, which focus on statistical findings, the work illuminates the complex factors that motivate intimate partner murders.

Drawing on extensive documentary sources and field research, Neil Websdale unearths the case histories of some 300 homicides involving family members and frames them within their interpersonal, familial, situational, and cultural contexts. He explores the kinship systems of various cultural groups (African American, Latino, Caucasian, and Asian American), discusses types of social and gender oppression, and explores the nature of families that experience domestic homicide. He also examines how these murders are covered by the media and looks at social policy initiatives designed to reduce such incidents.

By exploring the cultural patterns and the intricate workings of power struggles revealed by these cases, Understanding Domestic Homicide expands one's understanding of such disconcerting crimes.

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Based on a state-funded research project in Florida, Websdale (criminal justice, Northern Arizona U.) considers killings of children, parents, and siblings as well as sexual partners. He frames some 300 cases in their interpersonal, familiar, situational, and cultural contexts; and looks at the kinship systems of various cultural groups, social and gender oppression, and the nature of families who experience domestic homicide. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
1 Researching Domestic Homicide 1
2 Men as Perpetrators of Multiple Killings 28
3 Women as Perpetrators of Multiple Killings 63
4 The Death of Women in Single Killings 78
5 The Death of Men in Single Killings 119
6 The Death of Children 167
7 Making Sense of Domestic Homicide 204
Appendix 1 237
Appendix 2 240
Appendix 3 242
Notes 247
References 267
Index 281
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