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18-11-2020 | Original Paper | Uitgave 3/2021

Journal of Child and Family Studies 3/2021

Risk Factors and Agency Involvement Associated with Children Present in Domestic Homicides

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Journal of Child and Family Studies > Uitgave 3/2021
Auteurs:
Katherine Reif, Peter Jaffe
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Abstract

Children exposed to domestic violence may be at risk of homicide. Through an analysis of 140 domestic homicide cases in Ontario, Canada, this study sought to identify unique factors that heighten the risk for children in these circumstances. Two groups of domestic homicide cases were compared: cases with no children (No Children, n = 39) and cases where children were part of the family system (Children, n = 101). Further comparison was made of cases in which children were killed (n = 20) to cases in which children were present but not killed (n = 81). Overall, there were few unique differences between the groups and most of the significant findings were based on expected demographic characteristics related to having children in the family. Other significant results included a higher percentage of reports made to legal counsel/services within child-specific cases and a higher percentage of reports made to family members in cases where children were not killed. These results indicate that children who lose parents to domestic homicide share similar high-risk circumstances as children who have been killed in this context. Practical implications of the study’s findings are discussed.

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