Elder homicide in the UK (2010-2015): A gendered examination

Hannah Bows, Pam Davies

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Abstract

Despite public fascination with homicide, academic research remains comparatively lacking compared to the widespread media coverage of such offences. In particular, homicide involving older adults has received very little attention. Drawing on a Freedom of Information study in the UK, this chapter reports on 514 homicides recorded between 2010 and 2015 involving victims over the age of 59. Analysis of these cases revealed that homicide of older men is qualitatively different to homicide of older women, confirming the need for a gendered analysis of homicides across the life course. Using this novel study to illustrate our argument, we suggest there are several issues to be addressed concerning conceptualisations of violence against older people as well as methodological challenges to overcome. Implications for research, policy and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationViolence Against Older Women, Volume 1
Subtitle of host publicationNature and Extent
EditorsHannah Bows
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter7
Pages131-159
Number of pages29
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9783030166014
ISBN (Print)9783030166007, 9783030166038
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology
PublisherSpringer

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