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Woman Killing: Intimate Femicide in Ontario, 1974-1994

Research article about numbers and trends in femicide in Ontario during the past 20 years
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Sep 10, 1999

This paper reviews major findings from our research on women killed by their intimate partners in Ontario. Between 1974 and 1994, killings by intimate partners accounted for between 63% and 76% of all women killed in Ontario. We document trends in intimate femicide, characteristics of victims and offenders, circumstances of the killings, and criminal justice responses to offenders. We also discuss the gender-specific nature of intimate femicides and identify ways in which intimate partner killings by males and females are distinctly different.

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Intimate Femicide Followed by Suicide | American Society for Suicidology

Research article that examines the Role of Premeditation Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
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Feb 9, 2005
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2005 The American Association for Suicidology, Issue online: 6 January 2011. People who kill others rarely kill themselves afterwards. When they do, they are more likely to have killed someone with whom they were intimate. Two broad types of suicidal killers have been identified in research that presumes varying degrees of premeditation. Using data on over 700 intimate femicides, the role of premeditation in cases of intimate femicide-suicide compared to killings that do not culminate in a suicide was examined.

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The Cost of 'Lost' Intimacy | British Journal of Criminology

Research Article about The Effect of Relationship State on Criminal Justice Decision Making
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Oct 9, 2003

The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 43, No. 4 (AUTUMN 2003), pp. 689-709. Socio-legal and feminist theorists argue that law varies inversely with relational distance. Several theoretical perspectives predict that defendants who victimize intimate partners from whom they are estranged will be punished more severely than defendants who victimize current partners. The article examines whether 'separation' killings draw harsher sanctions than 'intact' killings.

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Article: Differences in the characteristics of intimate partner femicides

Research Article about The Role of Relationship State and Relationship Status
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Jul 9, 1998

Homicide Studies by Sage Publications: Volume: 2 issue: 4, page(s): 378-399. The article analyses the relationship between victims and offenders, which is critical to understanding the context and dynamics of homicide. It is recognized in the article that the causes and correlated of homicides within intimate relationships differ from the causes and correlates of homicides by strangers. This piece of research points out that the characteristics of people involved in intimate femicides as well as the circumstances surrounding the killing do differ according to the type of relationship.

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