Contacts with the police and other agencies across the life-course of men who murder an intimate woman partner

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  • Authors:
  • R. Emerson Dobash
  • Russell P. Dobash


Evidence about 105 men convicted of murdering an intimate partner and comparisons between men with and without a previous conviction prior to the murder (PrevConv = 79 versus NoPrevConv = 25; NB, one missing case because no information about previous convictions) reveal many differences in childhood and adult circumstances and contacts with professionals, especially the police. Despite these differences, there were similarities in the orientations of all of the 105 IPMurders to women partners, possessiveness and separation, which are strongly related to the murder event and to subsequent rationalizations and justifications for the use of lethal violence against a woman partner.

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberpaw011
Pages (from-to)408-415
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Early online date5 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016