Female perpetrated intimate partner homicide: Indigenous and non-Indigenous offenders

Female perpetrated intimate partner homicide: Indigenous and non-Indigenous offenders

11 February 2020

This report looks into the characteristics of homicide cases where women kill their male partners.

This report has been published by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC).

This report investigates the characteristics of intimate partner homicide perpetrated by women, with a study of 115 homicide cases from Australia.

The findings indicate that female offenders are often involved in violent relationships – most often as the primary victim of their partner but also in relationships with reciprocal violence – and many have backgrounds of criminal activity, unemployment and substance misuse.

The AIC has also published a related report on self-defensive and retaliatory violence, with a study of cases of family violence perpetrated by women reported to police in New South Wales.

Access the reports via the AIC website.

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