ERIC Number: EJ718041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 32
Partner Killing by Men in Cohabiting and Marital Relationships
Shackelford, Todd K.; Mouzos, Jenny
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v20 n10 p1310-1324 Oct 2005
Using a national-level U.S. database, T. K. Shackelford (2001) calculated rates of uxoricide (the murder of a woman by her romantic partner) by relationship type (cohabiting or marital), by ages of the partners, and by the age difference between partners. Women in cohabiting relationships were 9 times more likely to be killed by their partner than were married women. Within marriages, the risk of uxoricide decreases with a womans age. Within cohabiting relationships, middle-aged women were at greatest risk of uxoricide. The risk of uxoricide increased with greater age difference between partners. We sought to replicate the findings of Shackelford (2001) using a national-level database that includes information on more than 4,400 homicides that occurred in Australia between 1989 and 2002. Despite the higher rate of partner killing in the United States, and despite other cultural differences between the two countries, we replicated key patterns with the Australian data.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Males, Cultural Differences, Databases, Marital Status, Age Differences, Interpersonal Relationship, Homicide, Risk
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States