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Mouzos J, Shackelford TK. Aggressive Behav. 2004; 30(3): 206-216.


(Copyright © 2004, International Society for Research on Aggression, Publisher John Wiley and Sons)






Using a national-level United States database, T. K. Shackelford [Partner-killing by women in cohabiting relationships and marital relationships. Homicide Studies 5: 253-266, 2001] calculated rates of partner-killing by women by relationship type (cohabiting or marital), by partner ages, and by the age difference between partners. Men in cohabiting relationships were 10 times more likely to be killed by their partners than were married men. Within marriages, the risk of being killed by a partner decreased with a man's age. Within cohabiting relationships, in contrast, middle-aged men were at greatest risk of being killed by their partners. The risk that a man will be killed by his partner generally increased with greater age difference between partners. We sought to replicate the findings of Shackelford [2001] using national-level data held as part of the National Homicide Monitoring Program (NHMP) at the Australian Institute of Criminology in Australia. The NHMP holds data on over 3,500 homicides that occurred in Australia between 1989 and 2000. Despite the higher rate of partner-killing in the United States, and despite other cultural differences between the two countries (for example, the prominent gun culture in the United States), we replicated the key patterns with the Australian data. (Abstract Adapted from Source: Aggressive Behavior, 2004. Copyright © 2004 by Wiley-Liss, Inc.)

Partner Violence
Partner Homicide
Foreign Countries
US-Foreign Comparison
Female Violence
Female Offender
Male Victim
Cohabitation Abuse Homicide
Cohabitation Abuse Incidence and Prevalence
Cohabitation Abuse Offender
Cohabitation Abuse Victim
Cohabitation Abuse Rates
Homicide Incidence and Prevalence
Homicide Offender
Homicide Victim
Homicide Rates
Domestic Homicide
Domestic Violence Incidence and Prevalence
Domestic Violence Offender
Domestic Violence Rates
Domestic Violence Victim
Spouse Abuse Incidence and Prevalence
Spouse Abuse Homicide
Spouse Abuse Offender
Spouse Abuse Rates
Spouse Abuse Victim
Spouse Abuse vs. Cohabitation Abuse


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