Filicide and parental separation and divorce

Brown, Thea, Tyson, Danielle and Arias, Paula F 2014, Filicide and parental separation and divorce, Child abuse review, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 79-88, doi: 10.1002/car.2327.

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Title Filicide and parental separation and divorce
Author(s) Brown, Thea
Tyson, DanielleORCID iD for Tyson, Danielle
Arias, Paula F
Journal name Child abuse review
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Start page 79
End page 88
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-03
ISSN 0952-9136
Keyword(s) filicide
parental separation
domestic violence
mental illness
Summary This paper discusses the findings of a ten-year study of filicide in Victoria, Australia, using the data from selected case files held in the Victorian coroner's office for the period 2000–09. The study sought to examine whether separation is a factor in filicide cases, as well as the role of other factors, such as domestic violence and mental illness. Also, the study sought to identify whether filicide perpetrators had contact with support services, including family and friends, general practitioners, mental health services and child protection services, in order to ascertain how these services might more appropriately identify those families most at risk prior to the filicide. The study found that while separation was a factor identified in a significant number of cases, more cases analysed showed evidence of mental illness, mainly depression. These findings suggest the need for improved strategies in preventing filicide by identifying risk factors and improving service responses for victims prior to these tragic events.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/car.2327
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940402 Crime Prevention
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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