Exploring victim-offender relationships in homicide: The role of individual and event characteristics

Scott H. Decker

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Abstract

A feature common to both macro-and micro-level analyses of homicide is the relationship between victims and offenders. Previous research generally conceptualized this relationship as a dichotomy--either primary and secondary or stranger and nonstranger. Such classifications, however, mask important variation in these subcategories. This paper employs a five-category description of the relationship between victims and offenders: strangers, acquaintances, friends, relatives, and those romantically linked. The relationship between this expanded typology and individual attributes, motives, and event characteristics are examined. Results show that motives and victim-offender relationships are related less strongly than previ. ous research would suggest. Despite this finding, other correlates generally confirm the findings of earlier research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-612
Number of pages28
JournalJustice Quarterly
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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