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date: 20 August 2018

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Homicide followed by suicide constitutes a severe form of lethal violence that leads to shock and incomprehension. These acts of interpersonal violence mainly occur in partnerships and families, involving male perpetrators and female and child victims. This chapter delineates the present state of knowledge regarding homicide-suicide by addressing the nature and incidence of these acts and the characteristics of subtypes of homicide-suicide. Specific attention is paid to the main theoretical underpinnings used to explain the homicide-suicide phenomenon, with a particular focus on evolutionary psychological perspectives.

Keywords: homicide-suicide, murder-suicide, homicide, suicide, familicide, filicide, intimate partner homicide, uxoricide, evolution

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