Domestic abuse is important risk factor for suicide

A coroner’s inquest in England has concluded that the underlying cause of a 34 year old woman’s suicide was domestic abuse.1 She had previously attended an emergency department with cut wrists and expressed suicidal thoughts to police and other agencies, in the context of domestic abuse. The coroner recommended greater recognition of the link between domestic […]

Exploring the relationship between domestic violence perpetration and suicidal behavior in male prisoners

This study is the first to explore the relationship between domestic violence perpetration and suicidal behavior in prisoners in England and Wales. The nature of this relationship is unclear, however, understanding and reducing suicide in prisons is a critical issue for frontline staff and policy makers. Eight participants with a history of suicide attempts and […]

Perpetrator mental health: Depression and suicidality as risk factors for domestic homicide (IN: Preventing Domestic Suicides: Lessons Learned from Tragedies, edited by P. Jaffe, K. Scott & A-L. Straatman)

In this chapter, we explore depression and suicidality as risk factors for domestic violence (DV) homicide. We begin by outlining evidence for the importance of depression and suicidality in potential perpetrators of lethal DV and discuss the specific case of homicide–suicide. We speculate on some of the reasons that these factors have not been more […]

The relationship between domestic violence against women and suicide risk

Aim The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between domestic violence against women and suicide risk. Methods The population of the study consisted of married women aged 18 years and over in 10 Family Health Centers located within the boundaries of Yeşilyurt Municipality of Malatya Province. The study was completed with 1025 women. […]

A test of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide among arrested domestic violence offenders

Little is known about risk factors for suicide ideation and attempts among domestic violence offenders. Guided by the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide, this cross-sectional study examined risk factors for suicide ideation and attempts among 312 men and 84 women arrested for domestic violence and mandated to attend batterer intervention programs. Men reported greater capability for […]

Prevalence and characteristics of interpersonal violence in people dying from suicide in Victoria, Australia.

Victims of interpersonal violence are known to be at increased risk of suicidal ideation and attempts; however, few data exist on the impact that violence has on the risk of death from suicide. This study examined 2153 suicides (1636 males and 517 females) occurring between 2009 and 2012. Information was sourced from the Coroners Court […]

Risk and protective factors of child-to-parent violence: A comparison between physical and verbal aggression.

Child-to-parent violence (CPV) is a social problem that remains vastly understudied compared with other forms of family violence. The aim of this study is to identify family and child risk and protective factors of CPV, and to investigate whether they differentially predict physical and verbal parent-directed violence among boys and girls. Predictors include parenting behavior […]

Documented family violence and risk of suicide attempt among U.S. Army soldiers.

Suicide attempt (SA) rates in the U.S. Army increased substantially during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This study examined associations of family violence (FV) history with SA risk among soldiers. Using administrative data from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS), we identified person-month records of active duty, Regular Army, enlisted […]

Intimate partner violence: Are perpetrators also victims and are they more likely to experience suicide ideation?

The current study examined the relations among several risk factors, hopelessness, depressive symptoms, perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, alcohol-related problems, and intimate partner violence (victimization and perpetration), and suicide ideation, as measured by the Modified Scale for Suicide Ideation, in college students (n = 994). In addition, the overlap between being a victim and perpetrator of […]

Disproportionate exposure to early-life adversity and sexual orientation disparities in psychiatric morbidity.

Objectives: Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) populations exhibit elevated rates of psychiatric disorders compared to heterosexuals, and these disparities emerge early in the life course. We examined the role of exposure to early-life victimization and adversity-including physical and sexual abuse, homelessness, and intimate partner violence-in explaining sexual orientation disparities in mental health among adolescents and […]

Prevalence and correlates of suicidal behavior among adult female victims fo intimate partner violence.

The prevalence and correlates of suicidal threats and attempters among 662 racially and ethnically diverse adult females victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) were studied. Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at

Domestic Violence-Related Deaths

Using data from the “Surveillance for Violent Deaths – National Violent Death Reporting System, 16 States, 2005” (Karch et al, 2008), it is possible to extrapolate that as many as 7,832 male & 1,958 female domestic violence-related suicides occur annually in the United States. When domestic violence-related suicides are combined with domestic violence homicides, the […]

The Role of Affect Regulation in a Case of Attempted Maternal Filicide-Suicide

The scarce empirical research into maternal filicide-suicide has resulted in a number of descriptive risk factors for the offender. The aim of this paper is to highlight the interaction amongst these risk factors via a case study of a woman who survived a filicide-suicide the child also survived. The authors conclude that in order to […]

Domestic Homicide and Homicide-Suicide: the Older Offender

In a retrospective study of data from coroners’ files on domestic homicides involving individuals killed by an older spouse or family member over a 15-year period in Quebec, several specific offender & victim characteristics, & circumstances were identified. The homicide was frequently followed by the suicide of the perpetrator. Several victims had pre-existing medical illnesses. […]

Preventing Suicide: a Resource for Police, Firefighters and Other First Line Responders

This booklet is written for police officers, firefighters, & other first-line responders who deal with people in psychological distress, including those who are suicidal. Topics covered include: suicide facts & figures; the contribution of police, firefighters, & other first-line responders to suicide prevention; helping someone who is suicidal; when a suicide attempt occurs; when a […]

Population Attributable Fractions of Psychiatric Disorders and Suicide Ideation and Attempts Associated With Adverse Childhood Experiences

Population attributable fractions were calculated using data from the US National Comorbidity Survey Replication to determine the proportion of psychiatric disorders & suicide ideation & attempts attributable to adverse childhood experiences. The analysis was stratified by gender. Having experienced any adverse event accounted for a substantial proportion of suicide ideation & attempts among women (16% […]

The Role of Affect Regulation in a Case of Attempted Maternal-Filicide Suicide: Commentary on an act of Despair

A case of attempted maternal-filial suicide is discussed from the perspective of trauma, emotional regulation, & defense mechanisms. Case details which include childhood sexual abuse, observed parental violence, & emotional neglect allow for an illustration of the impact of childhood family experiences on adult intimacy & coping patterns. Domestic violence & the perception of protection […]

Risk Factors for Suicide in Wives of Military Personnel

An increasing trend in attempted & completed suicide among wives of serving personnel was observed. A questionnaire designed to elicit the known risk factors for suicide, suicide attempts, & suicide ideation by women in the Indian context was administered to 222 wives of Indian military personnel living in a garrison with their husbands. 28% of […]

Nonfatal Suicidal Behavior Among Chinese Women who Have Been Physically Abused by Their Male Intimate Partners

353 women, median age 32 years, admitted to the emergency rooms of 9 general hospitals in rural China were interviewed about nonfatal suicidal behaviour. Spousal conflict was the most commonly reported cause for their suicidal behaviour & one-third of respondents reported being victims of physical abuse by their spouses. Compared to non-abused women, abused women […]

Patterns of Intimate Partner Homicide Suicide in Later Life: Strategies for Prevention

This research used content analysis to analyze 225 murder suicide events among dyads with at least one member 60 years or older. Data were collected from newspaper articles, television news transcripts, police reports, & obituaries published between 1999-2005. Findings suggest the most danger setting was the home & the majority of perpetrators were men. Firearms […]

Intimate Partner Violence, Psychological Distress, and Suicidality: a Path Model Using Data From African American Women Seeking Care in an Urban Emergency Department

This study investigated whether or not intimate partner violence & suicide ideation are correlated in urban African American women, & if the link is explained by symptoms of depression & posttraumatic stress disorder. With 323 abused African American women, path analysis revealed that intimate partner violence led to depressive symptoms which led to suicide ideation, […]

Depression and Thoughts of Death Among Disadvantaged Mothers: Risk Factors and Impact on Maternal and Child Health

The authors’ hypotheses were that modifiable societal risk factors would contribute to depression & thoughts of death & that these would affect maternal & infant well-being. A retrospective database analysis with bivariate & multivariate statistics used 3 years of data from the prospective Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study. 880 mothers were clinically depressed; of […]

WHO Report Shows Public Health Impact of Violence