Pauline Aarten is Assistant Professor at Leiden UniversityProfile page
Worldwide one in seven homicides involve the killing of an intimate partner. In the Netherlands this number is even higher: one in four homicides concern intimate partner homicides. But who are the offenders and victims of intimate partner homicide?
Perhaps it is misleading for a blogpost that presents the findings of a research project on violence against public security, care and safety officials to start with once again repeating a bit of good news that is often overlooked: overall, violent crime has steadily decreased in Western society.
The pandemic and adopted measures present a great challenge for public health, social life, the economy, and (violent) crime. In a series of blogs, we examine to what extent the pandemic has impacted violent crime. First, we discuss causality and the potential mechanisms at work.
Women are most likely to get killed by their partner, and only a small percentage of victims of intimate partner homicide are male. So far, little research has been done on these male victims, but why are they the forgotten victims of intimate partner homicide?
Intimate partner homicide has a grave impact on the co-victims, but also on society. Although the phenomenon has been studied worldwide, it remains unclear or contested as to what can be done to prevent the fatality of an (ex)partner.