Filicide: The Australian story

Brown, T, Tyson, Danielle and Fernandez Arias, P 2020, Filicide: The Australian story, Children Australia, vol. 45, no. 4, Special Issue 4: Special Issue: Poverty and Child Abuse, pp. 279-284, doi: 10.1017/cha.2020.47.

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Title Filicide: The Australian story
Author(s) Brown, T
Tyson, DanielleORCID iD for Tyson, Danielle
Fernandez Arias, P
Journal name Children Australia
Volume number 45
Issue number 4
Season Special Issue 4: Special Issue: Poverty and Child Abuse
Start page 279
End page 284
Total pages 6
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2020-12
ISSN 2049-7776
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Social Work
filicide victims
victim vulnerability
filicide perpetrators
filicide in Australia
filicide rates
perpetrator profiles
filicide risks
domestic violence
mental illness
partnership breakdown
substance abuse
criminal history
filicide prevention
Summary A filicide death, meaning the killing of a child by their parent or equivalent guardian, is a tragic event. Sadly, a UK study suggests Australia has the fourth highest rate of filicide among similar developed nations. Since Australian research studies on the incidence of filicide, or indeed on any other aspect of the problem, are limited, it is impossible to know if this finding is correct or not. However, in the last several years more research on filicide has emerged in Australia and by reviewing the recent research in detail, this article develops an integrated analysis of Australian filicide research and contributes to the knowledge bank on Australian filicide that can be used by professionals undertaking practice and research in intervention and prevention. Analysis of the studies shows one child dies at the hands of a parent every fortnight and that this number has not changed for many years. The analysis identifies the profiles of victims and perpetrators. The constellation of circumstances and stressors associated with each of the parental perpetrator groups is discussed, including the perpetrators’ contact with, and mostly unsuccessful use of, services. Based on the analysis, a way forward to prevention is proposed
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/cha.2020.47
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1607 Social Work
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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