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Typology of Intimate Partner Homicide: Personal, Interpersonal, and Environmental Characteristics of Men Who Murdered Their Female Intimate Partner

NCJ Number
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology Volume: 54 Issue: 4 Dated: August 2010 Pages: 494-516
Ety Elisha; Yael Idisis; Uri Timor; Moshe Addad
Date Published
August 2010
23 pages
Fifteen inmates from Ayalon prison, a maximum-security prison in Israel, who were convicted of murder, attempted murder, or manslaughter of their female intimate partner, have participated in a study designed to examine integrated variablespersonal, interpersonal, and environmentalfamilialconnected with this phenomenon.
Analyses of the in-depth interviews demonstrate that despite the different motivations the perpetrators displayed with regard to the murder, they share some common themes. On the basis of these themes, three primary types of female intimate partner murderers have been identified; each of them represents a personal narrative as follows: the betrayed, the abandoned, and the tyrant. The proposed typology might be used for establishing a common language among researchers, scholars, and workers in this field. It can also contribute to the existing clinical tools in terms of prediction, prevention, and treatment initiatives that currently focus on violence. Tables and references (Published Abstract)