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*Note* This scheduling program was not designed by folks who do a lot with APA Style and unfortunately it defaults to listing authors in alphabetical order. We cannot fix this for this online schedule, but the author orders are posted in the order submitted in the printed program available via pdf here.

Saturday, March 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
My Lover, My Assailant: Intimate Partner Homicide Perpetrators

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Intimate partner homicide (IPH) is the most severe form of intimate partner violence. According to the Violence Policy Center (2014) four to five women are murdered daily by an intimate partner. This statistic comes from reports submitted voluntarily by police departments; however, reporting methods may contribute to this problem being under-reported Most researchers have failed to address the risk factors which characterize an increasingly lethal relationship. However, a small subset of researchers have combed through archival reports and interviewed survivors (e.g., Campbell, 2009) to identify risk factors which predict the likelihood of IPH. While notable, IPH researchers have predominantly focused on heterosexual relationships in White and Black communities. Thus there are significant gaps in our knowledge of IPH for different minority communities. There are currently several risk assessment measures utilized to recognize women at risk of victimization as well as identify potential perpetrators. The majority of these instruments are used in the criminal justice system to make decisions regarding a perpetrator’s likelihood recidivism and probation rulings. Additionally, an increasing number of health clinics and hospitals are using risk assessments to identify potential victims in general practice and obstetrics. Could psychology benefit from adopting this practice? This presentation provides brief overview of the IPH literature and addresses gaps in the research. The presenter will identify risk factors in heterosexual, predominantly white relationships with a male perpetrator. Although women as the homicide victims are provided with more attention than their perpetrator counterparts, risk factors related to female perpetrators will also be highlighted. The presentation will also increase participants’ awareness and ability to assess risk factors for IPH in their clients. Lastly, the utility of risk assessments in clinical practice will be discussed.


Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Oregon