What were they thinking? men who murder an intimate partner

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  • Authors:
  • R. Emerson Dobash
  • Russell Dobash


The focus is on cognitions of men who murder an intimate partner and includes thinking prior to and after the murder. Based on the Murder in Britain Study, the qualitative accounts of various professionals included in the casefiles of 104 men convicted of murdering a woman partner are used to examine beliefs about intimate relationships, orientations toward violence and previous violence to the victim, as well as subsequent denials, rationalizations, and justifications. We conclude that these and other cognitions are important elements of intimate partner murder and must be challenged and changed in efforts to eliminate nonlethal abuse and murder. © The Author(s) 2011.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-134
Number of pages23
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011