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Same-sex intimate partner homicide in Australia

Author(s) Gannoni, Alexandra & Tracy Cussen
Title Same-sex intimate partner homicide in Australia
Source Australian Institute of Criminology, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, No. 469, pp. 1-7, March 2014
Date 2014
Document type Research report
Coverage Australia
Summary The study aims to address the gaps in literature and provide a better understanding around same-sex intimate partner homicides that occur within Australia. The study collects data from the National Homicide Monitoring Program, which consists of information on homicide from police records, coronial findings and the media, as well as court transcripts when available. The data was then divided into two groups- same sex intimate partner homicide and opposite sex intimate partner homicide. What was found from the data was that same sex intimate partner homicide made up two per cent of the overall homicide figure from1989-2010. The study went on to show the challenges of identification and concealment may lead to a lack of representation for same sex couples, as well as identifying key findings specific to same sex intimate partner homicide including a prevalence of mental disorder as well as higher levels of drug and alcohol dependency. The study concludes by suggesting an improvement in response and prevention strategies in order to reduce the overall rate of homicide within same sex relationships.
Keywords Same-sex; intimate partner violence; IPV; homicide; mental disorders; drug and alcohol use
Topic Domestic violence