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Can Justice System Interventions Prevent Intimate Partner Homicide? An Analysis of Rates of Helpseeking Prior to Fatality

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dc.contributor.author Koppa, Vijetha
dc.contributor.author Messing, Jill Theresa
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-14T20:58:19Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-14T20:58:19Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Koppa, Vijetha and Messing, Jill Theresa. (2019). Can Justice System Interventions Prevent Intimate Partner Homicide? An Analysis of Rates of Helpseeking Prior to Fatality. Journal of Interpersonal Violencehttp://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3253381 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3253381
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1962
dc.description.abstract When women are killed, they are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than anyone else, and a substantial proportion of women who are killed by an intimate were abused by that intimate partner before their death. The proportion of men killed by an intimate partner is much lower and prior research indicates that male homicide victims are likely to abuse their intimate partners prior to their deaths. Yet, limited research has examined the criminal and civil justice help-seeking of intimate partner homicide victims. This study examines administrative data from one large urban police jurisdiction to understand rates of help-seeking by homicide victims in the 1-3 years prior to the homicide. Across all intimate partner femicide victims, in the three years prior to the homicide, police had been in contact with the victim for a domestic violence complaint in 91% of cases (44.9% resulted in arrest), with an average of 6.2 visits per contacted victim. Among male intimate partner homicide victims, 73.3% had been the complainant on a domestic violence case (38.1% resulted in arrest). Fewer than 5% of victims sought protection orders before the homicide. The findings of this paper outline the high rate of engagement of police officers with intimate partner homicide victims before their deaths, and highlight the opportunity for homicide prevention through integration of risk assessment (to identify high risk cases) and social service interventions. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher SSRN en_US
dc.subject Data Analysis en_US
dc.subject Help Seeking en_US
dc.subject Intimate Partner Violence en_US
dc.subject Intimate Partner Homicide en_US
dc.subject Domestic Violence en_US
dc.subject Domestic Disputes en_US
dc.subject Murder en_US
dc.subject Violent Death en_US
dc.subject Police en_US
dc.subject Law Enforcement en_US
dc.subject Crime Reporting en_US
dc.subject Risk Assessment en_US
dc.title Can Justice System Interventions Prevent Intimate Partner Homicide? An Analysis of Rates of Helpseeking Prior to Fatality en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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