Homicideâ€“suicideâ€”An event hard to prevent and separate from homicide or suicide
Publication: Forensic Science International
Topics: Homicide International Suicide Surveillance/Data Collection
Keywords: Finland Homicide-Suicide
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The National Suicide Prevention Project recorded all suicides committed in Finland during a 12-month period, amounting to almost 1400 suicides of which 10 were verified homicide–suicide cases. The perpetrator was male in all but one case, and all the victims were family, 9/10 being spouses and/or children. The most typical homicide–suicide involved a man shooting a family member during a separation process. No perpetrator was found suffering from a psychotic disorder but three had major depression. The homicide–suicides events differed from the suicide events in 2 variables: shooting was more often the method used in the homicide–suicide cases, which, furthermore, were more likely to involve a divorce or recent rupture in another long-term intimate relationship. The authors concluded that because shooting is the most common method of homicide–suicide, firearm licenses should be more restricted.
Saleva, O., Putkonen, H., Kiviruusu, O., & LÃ¶nnqvist, J. (2007). Homicideâ€“suicideâ€”An event hard to prevent and separate from homicide or suicide. Forensic Science International, 166(2/3), 204-208.
Saleva, Outi, et al. "Homicideâ€“Suicideâ€”an Event Hard to Prevent and Separate from Homicide or Suicide." Forensic Science International 166.2/3 (2007): 204-08.