Not an ordinary killer - Just an ordinary guy: When men murder an intimate woman partner

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  • Authors:
  • R. Emerson Dobash
  • Russell Dobash
  • Kate Cavanagh
  • Ruth Lewis


The Murder in Britain Study was designed to examine in detail different types of murder. Using a subset of case files from this study, men who murder other men (MM; n = 424) are compared with men who murder an intimate partner (IP; n = 106) to reflect on the relative conventionality of each group. In terms of many of the characteristics of childhood and adulthood, the IP murder group differs from the MM group and appears to be more "ordinary" or "conventional." However, the IP group is less conventional in that they are more likely to have intimate relationships that had broken down, to have used violence against a previous woman partner as well as against the victim they killed, and to "specialize" in violence against women.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-605
Number of pages28
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004