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Homicide and suicide in Yorkshire and the Humber: 1975-1992 and 1993-2007.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19935394     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Homicide-suicide (HS) events in Yorkshire and the Humber have been documented previously by Milroy in a study of the period 1975 to 1992 (Milroy, Med Sci Law. 1993;33:167-171; Milroy 1994; Milroy, Forensic Sci Int. 1995;71:117-122; Milroy, Med Sci Law. 1995;35:213-217; and Milroy, J Clin Forensic Med. 1998;5:61-64). Reported here is an update of that study covering HS events in the same region from 1993 to 2007. Data from cohort 1 (1975-1992) and cohort 2 (1993-2007) are presented and compared, where data are available, with the findings of 2 previous studies in England and Wales (Barraclough and Harris, Psychol Med. 2002;32:577-584; and West 1965). Homicide followed by suicide is often defined in the literature as homicide(s) followed by the suicide of the perpetrator within 1 week of the homicide(s) (Barraclough and Harris, Psychol Med. 2002;32:577-584; Campanelli and Gilson, Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2002;23:248-251; and Hannah et al, 1998;19:275-283). All the cases reported here fall within this definition. Findings are consonant with international literature, and suggest that HS is most likely to be carried out by an older, white, married, or cohabiting working man, who kills his female partner and/or their children and then himself. There are indications that restricting access to significant methods of killing can reduce the incidence of HS.
Marilyn J Gregory; Christopher M Milroy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1533-404X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-24     Completed Date:  2010-06-10     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  58-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, Elmfield, Northumberland Rd, Sheffield, S10 2TU, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Asphyxia / mortality
Central Nervous System Depressants / blood
Child Abuse / statistics & numerical data
Child, Preschool
Cohort Studies
Continental Population Groups / statistics & numerical data
Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data
Domestic Violence / statistics & numerical data
Ethanol / blood
Forensic Medicine
Great Britain / epidemiology
Homicide / statistics & numerical data*
Middle Aged
Neck Injuries / mortality
Sex Distribution
Social Class
Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
Wounds, Gunshot / mortality
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Central Nervous System Depressants; 64-17-5/Ethanol

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