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Psychiatr Prax. 2011 Aug;38(6):287-92. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1266127. Epub 2011 May 16.

[A comparison of homicide-suicide and domestic homicide in the region of basle, Switzerland].

[Article in German]

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Forensisch-psychiatrischer Dienst der Luzerner Psychiatrie, Luzern, Schweiz. andreas.frei@lups.ch

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Homicide-suicide and domestic homicide without consecutive suicide might be regarded as an extreme form of domestic violence. According to the national crime-register, however, there might be some relevant differences between the perpetrators of the two.

METHOD:

The files of all cases of homicide-suicide (n = 24) and of all cases of domestic homicide without suicide (n = 21), which had been examined at the Institute of forensic medicine in Basle between 1987 und 2006, were compared.

RESULTS:

Perpetrators of domestic homicide without suicide were significantly younger, had a poorer educational background and were rather foreigners. About two thirds of the perpetrators of homicide-suicide used a gun compared with only one third of those committing domestic homicide.

DISCUSSION:

Measures as they are known from suicide prevention programmes like limiting the access to lethal instruments like guns might be useful in the case of homicide-suicide, measures for the prevention of domestic homicide should aim at better integration and education of the perpetrators and their family.

PMID:
21590590
DOI:
10.1055/s-0030-1266127
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