Year: 2007 Source: International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, v.9, no.2, (Spring 2007), p.97-104 SIEC No: 20070835

This paper describes antecedents of police family homicide-suicides in a sample of 29 cases. Results from this sample suggest that police family-homicides are increasing as approximately twice as many cases were reported in 2006 as in the 2 previous years. The majority of homicide victims were women; however, five of the victims were men killed by women police officers. While exposure to violence in police work cannot be changed, the establishment of a strict domestic violence policy by police agencies is discussed as one strategy to reduce the incidence of violence in the police family. (39 refs.)