Year: 2009 Source: Homicide Studies, v.13, no.4, (2009), p.339-354 SIEC No: 20091077

This study aimed to assess the differences among intimate partner homicide perpetrators who did or did not engage in a self-destructive act following the homicide. Descriptive & bivariate analyses of predictive variables were obtained from the records of 341 male intimate partner homicide perpetrataors held at a Dutch forensic observation hospital between 1980-2006; 44 attempted suicide following the homicide. Perpetrators that attempted suicide were more likely to have a diagnosis of depressive illness & to have threatened suicide prior to the offense. Perpetrators showed evidence of far-reaching dependency on the victim & a fear of abandonment. (81 refs.)