Families of homicide victims: service utilization patterns of extra- and intrafamilial homicide survivors

Author(s)Horne, Christopher
Title Families of homicide victims: service utilization patterns of extra- and intrafamilial homicide survivors
Source Journal of Family Violence, Vol 13 No 2 April 2003
Date 2003
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary The purpose of this study was to expand knowledge about homicide survivors, in particular examining the role of the relation to the perpetrator, with the goal to enhance the ability of service providers to address survivors' needs. The crisis intervention framework that underpins many approaches to providing services to homicide survivors is discussed. Case records from a Homicide Response Program in Tennessee were used in the study. The results showed significant differences between service utilisation rates during the initial crisis period and subsequent weeks, supporting the validity of applying the crisis theory framework to the experiences of homicide survivors. The findings also support the implications of crisis theory for studying homicide survivors to include consideration of their relationships to perpetrators. The author suggests that future research should focus on the outcomes of service utilisation, with particular attention to differences among survivors based on their relationship to the perpetrator.
Keywords Family victims; homicides; assistance; services; crisis theory.
Topic Service delivery