Findings from Australian Homicide Project released
Findings from the Australian Homicide Project have been released. This is the first major study of intimate partner homicide in Australia. Based on interviews with over 200 homicide offenders in custodial and community corrections, its objectives are to:
- Examine individual, social and situational factors related to intimate partner homicide (IPH)
- Apply and extend theoretical models for understanding and explaining IPH
- Uncover factors, events or circumstances associated with an escalation of risks for IPH
- Examine the developmental pathways linking intimate partner violence and IPH
- Examine gender differences in IPH perpetration
- Examine the further potential of police and social welfare agencies in assessing escalation of risks prior to the occurrence of fatal incidents
- Examine differences in IPH and non-IPH offenders
Interviews are expected to be completed by December 2012 after which detailed analysis of the data will begin.
A further expansion of the project is the examination of data in the National Coroners’ Information Service database.