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Femicide Fatal Risk Factors: A Last Decade Comparison between Italian Victims of Femicide by Age Groups

Department of Psychology, University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’, 81100 Caserta, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7953; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217953
Received: 21 September 2020 / Revised: 14 October 2020 / Accepted: 27 October 2020 / Published: 29 October 2020
Femicide is a wide-spread lethal form of violence against women. Despite its diffusion, to date, very few studies analyzed possible victims’ age differences in regard to fatal risk factors for femicide. To this aim, we carried out archive research on Italian femicide cases in the last decade, by comparing prior types of violence suffered and motives for femicide, which are considered crucial fatal risk factors for femicide, across adolescent/young (15–24 years), adults (25–64 years) and older women (65–93 years). From 2010 to 2019 we found 1207 female victims. Characteristics of victims, perpetrators, and their relationship were consistent with those found by international studies and underlined that the majority of femicides were perpetrated by an intimate partner. The results regarding fatal risk factors comparisons across age groups showed the existence of significant differences regarding both types of violence suffered prior to femicide and motives for femicide. The results are discussed in terms of policy implication and intervention. View Full-Text
Keywords: femicide; archive research; lethal risk factors; age-based differences femicide; archive research; lethal risk factors; age-based differences
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Sorrentino, A.; Guida, C.; Cinquegrana, V.; Baldry, A.C. Femicide Fatal Risk Factors: A Last Decade Comparison between Italian Victims of Femicide by Age Groups. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7953.

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