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Pathways to intimate partner homicide

Project length
19 months

Intimate partner homicide is the most common form of homicide in Australia.

However, an understanding of intimate partner homicide incidents in Australia, particularly the nature and course of the relationship between the victim and offender, is currently limited.

This gap in the research is notable considering the importance of such information for identifying potential intervention points, as well as events and behaviours that could foreshadow fatal outcomes within relationships.

The proposed study will examine incidents of male perpetrated murder of a female intimate partner that occurred between 1 July 2006 and 30 June 2018. The study will use the Australian Institute of Criminology’s (AIC) National Homicide Monitoring Program (NHMP) as the primary data source, which combines offence record data from Australian state and territory police and coronial data from the National Coronial Information System, supplemented with additional information from coronial and court documents. Information will be extracted using a coding framework informed by the relevant literature and in consultation with an advisory body comprised of members of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network. The information extracted will be analysed using Crime Scripts Analysis (CSA) and Behavioural Sequence Analysis (BSA) frameworks. CSA will be used to identify the sequential stages of crime commission and map interactions between offenders, victims and their immediate environment and BSA will be used to map and identify transitions between offender and victim behaviours and events at the micro- and macro-levels.


Project lead

Dr Samantha Bricknell, Australian Institute of Criminology

Research team

Hayley Boxall, Australian Institute of Criminology

Laura Doherty, Australian Institute of Criminology

Research partners

The project will be led by the AIC



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