Preventing Domestic Homicides

Preventing Domestic Homicides

Lessons Learned from Tragedies

1st Edition - March 24, 2020

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  • Editors: Peter Jaffe, Katreena Scott, Anna-Lee Straatman
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128194638
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128194645

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Preventing Domestic Homicides: Lessons Learned from Tragedies focuses on the diverse nature of domestic homicides and what has been learned about the most effective prevention strategies from emerging research and the work of domestic violence death review committees in Canada, the US, the UK, NZ and AU. Each chapter focuses on different populations—specifically older women, youth dating relationships, indigenous women, immigrant and refugee populations, rural/remote communities, same-sex relationships, homicides with police & military, domestic homicide in the workplace, and children killed in the context of domestic violence. Topics cover current research, risk factors, and include case studies from domestic homicide review committees. Cases are summarized regarding major themes and recommendations, such as public awareness, professional training, risk assessment, intervention and collaboration amongst service systems. Written for academic and domestic violence researchers in sociology, criminology, psychology and psychiatry by global contributors with on-the-ground domestic homicide experience.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the diverse nature of domestic homicides from emerging research around the world
  • Includes coverage on marginalized populations, children witnessing intimate partner violence, elder abuse, LGBTQ abuse and intimate partner violence, to name a few
  • Includes actual global case studies written by contributors with on-the-ground case review experience


Academic and Domestic Violence Researchers in Sociology, Criminology, Psychology and Psychiatry. In addition, Students, Mental Health Professionals, Public Health and Social Workers

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    Neil Websdale

    1. An introduction to domestic homicide: understanding the diverse nature of the problem

    Peter Jaffe, Katreena L. Scott and Anna-Lee Straatman

    2. Older women and domestic homicide

    Margaret MacPherson, Katherine Reif, Andrea Titterness and Barbara MacQuarrie

    3. Domestic homicides in rural communities: challenges in accessing resources

    Anna-Lee Straatman, Deborah Doherty and Victoria Banman

    4. Domestic homicides within LGBTQ2S+ communities: barriers in disclosing relationships and violence

    Katherine Rossiter Katherine Reif and Olivia Fischer

    5. Domestic domicides in teens and young adult dating relationships: ignoring the dangers of dangerous relationships

    Jordan Fairbarn, Peter Jaffe and Corine Qureshi

    6. Domestic homicide in immigrant communities: lessons learned

    S. Guruge, Abir Al Jamal, S. Yercich, M. Dhillon, Katherine Rossiter, R. David and M. Kulasinghe

    7. Perpetrator mental health: depression and suicidality as risk factors for domestic homicide

    Katreena L. Scott, Casey L. Oliver and Polly Cheng

    8. Child homicide in the context of domestic violence: when the plight of children is overlooked

    Katreena L. Scott, Laura Olszowy, Michael Saxton and Katherine Reif

    9. Domestic homicides with police and military: understanding the risk enhanced by trauma and workplace culture

    Barbara MacQuarrie, Michael Saxton, Laura Olszowy, Peter Jaffe and Verona Singer

    10. Domestic violence and homicide in the workplace

    Barbara MacQuarrie, Margaret MacPherson and Michael Saxton

    11. Domestic homicide within Indigenous communities: examining violence in the context of historical oppression

    Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao, Elizabeth Fast, Vicky Boldo, Janie Dolan-Cake, Kristina Giacobbe and Jackie Salas

    12. Domestic homicide involving female perpetrators and male victims

    Alexandra Lysova and Jackie Salas

    13. Future directions on promoting domestic homicide prevention in diverse populations

    Peter Jaffe, Katreena L. Scott and Anna-Lee Straatman

Product details

  • No. of pages: 326
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: March 24, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128194638
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128194645

About the Editors

Peter Jaffe

Dr. Peter Jaffe is a psychologist and Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University and the Academic Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children. He is the Director Emeritus for the London Family Court Clinic, which a children’s mental health centre is specializing in issues that bring children and families into the justice system in London, Ontario. He has co-authored ten books, 29 chapters and over 80 articles related to domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on children, homicide prevention and the role of the criminal and family justice systems. For the past 30 years, he has presented workshops across the United States and Canada, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Europe to various groups including judges, lawyers, health, mental health professionals and educators. Since 1999, he has been on faculty for the National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges in the US for judicial education programs entitled “Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases”. He was a founding member of Ontario's Chief Coroner’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. In 2009, he was named an Officer in the Order of Canada by the Governor General for his work preventing domestic violence in the community.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Western University, Director, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, London, Ontario, Canada

Katreena Scott

Dr. Katreena Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto and the Canada Research Chair in Family Violence Prevention and Intervention. She leads an applied research program aimed at reducing violence in family relationships, with specific expertise is addressing violence perpetration in men and fathers. Dr. Scott is recognized internationally for her intervention work with abusive fathers and nationally for her research on effective interventions for intimate partner violence. The Caring Dads program that she developed ( is currently running in many sites across Canada, as well as in the US, UK, Ireland, Wales, Germany and Sweden.

Affiliations and Expertise

Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Anna-Lee Straatman

Ms. Straatman completed her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1993. Anna-Lee has had an ongoing working and collaborative relationship with the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children since shortly after the centre’s inception. From 1993-2001, Anna-Lee worked as Project Manager for the Youth Relationships Project under the direction of Dr. David Wolfe. From 1998-2001, Anna-Lee was the Project Manager for the Girl Child project under the supervision of Dr. Helene Berman. She was affiliated with the Centre as a Community Research Associate for many years and assumed the role of centre manager from 2010 to 2015. Anna-Lee has conducted interviews with more than two hundred adult survivors of child sexual abuse, including historical abuse in institutions. Anna-Lee has worked with various Victim Service agencies developing educational and training materials regarding trauma, domestic violence and other crimes against persons. Anna-Lee is the Project Manager of the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations, a five-year Partnership grant funded by the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre Manager, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, London, Ontario, Canada

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