Investigating Parricide

a project within the Oxford Filial Violence Project

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Our work on investigating parricide (fatal violence towards parents), aims to enhance knowledge and understanding about the pathways and contexts surrounding parricide events in England and Wales. Parricide is a relatively rare event in England and Wales, yet annual numbers have remained consistent during recent falls and rises in overall homicide rates.

Our research in this area so far includes analysis of Homicide Index data covering the period 2003-2016, alongside analysis of 54 parricide cases recorded by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) between 2002 and 2017. The original case details (offender/victim demographics, incident details, case outcomes where available) were provided to us by the police, and these were used as the basis of a more detailed search for case study data, containing as much detail as possible about the circumstances and contexts surrounding each event. The searches included case law reports (using Westlaw, Lexis, HM Courts and Tribunals); Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) searches; local and national media searches; and general, web-based searches using sites such as Google and Bing.

We have presented papers at two conferences in the US and are developing a comparative publication with colleagues from the US and Australia.