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Punishing femicide: Criminal justice responses to the killing of women over four decades

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Mar 9, 2016
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The way in which nation states respond to femicide has become the focus of much attention in the past decade. The establishment of specialized police and prosecution units has been recommended and some countries have implemented specific legislation or criminal offences specific to femicide. Part of the challenge in moving beyond these legislative and policy initiatives is the dearth of reliable data that show how states are

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National Trends in Intimate Partner Homicides Explaining Declines in Canada, 1976 to 2001

Research article that explains the reasons for the decline in domestic homicide in Canada
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Jul 9, 2009

In the past decade, research has begun to identify factors that may be contributing to declines in spousal homicide. The authors address two gaps in the Canadian literature: (a) the documentation of trends, including subgroup variations, and (b) the identification of factors that may be associated with declines. Using Statistics Canada data, the authors assess the association of declines with various factors.

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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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