Preventing Domestic Homicides: Lessons Learned from Tragedies Webinar Follow-up

December 10, 2015
Peter Jaffe, Ph.D., Academic Director, Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, Western University

According to Statistics Canada, intimate partner violence accounts for 26% of all violent crimes in Canada and 20% of all homicides. Domestic homicide is a gender-based crime since women are disproportionately affected in terms of leaving in fear, physical injury and death. Death review committees across North America point to the fact that the majority of these homicides are preceded by multiple risk factors known to friends, family, co-workers and/or professionals across different service sectors. Recommendations to prevent these tragedies focus on public and professional education as well as enhanced safety planning, risk assessment, risk management and collaboration amongst courts and community services. Future research needed in the area will be discussed in regards to a new SSHRC grant lead by the presenter and Professor Myrna Dawson at the University of Guelph which hopes to better understand underlying factors contributing to domestic homicide within vulnerable and  at-risk groups.

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