AffiliationUniversity of Chester; Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
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AbstractWe consider what is known regarding the characteristics and context of adult family violence; and what practitioners and organisations in the United Kingdom might learn from the literature. Approach - We review literature on adult family violence and parricide and include illustrative cases from a study of domestic homicide review reports involving older adults. Findings - Adult family violence most often involves mothers killed by their adult sons. Mental health issues, alcohol/ substance misuse, and criminality are common themes for perpetrators. Caregiving responsibilities is a theme for both victims and perpetrators. Our research identified two main categories of adult family homicide: perpetrators with major psychotic illness, and victims-perpetrators in complex relational contexts. Practical implications - We consider how practitioners respond to situations of adult family violence and learning for policy-makers, agencies and practitioners. Originality - This paper summarises what is known, argues that more research is needed, and suggests practical ways forward for policy-makers, relevant agencies and practitioners.
CitationBenbow, S. M., Bhattacharyya, S., & Kingston, P. (2023). Adult family violence coming out of the shadows. The Journal of Adult Protection., vol(issue), pages. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-11-2022-0029
JournalThe Journal of Adult Protection
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