Homicide–suicide is an event in which an individual murders one or more persons and then takes his/her own life. The present study aimed to assess the incidence of homicide- suicide in Italy over a 10-year period (between 2009 and 2018) and to compare its fndings with national and international data. Furthermore, a time series analysis was carried out employing an autoregressive integrated moving average model. Data regarding homicide- suicide cases were collected from press agencies and four major Italian newspapers. In the considered time frame, 368 cases of homicide–suicide were identifed, with a total of 808 deaths. Findings aligned with international data, highlighting that the murderer is typically an older male who, for romantic jealousy, kills with a frearm his current or former female partner. The average rate of homicide–suicides was 0.06%, showing an increase compared to the previous decades. In addition, the forecasting model predicted a further increase in cases in the coming years, highlighting the need to systematically gather data on this phenomenon.

Homicide‐Suicide in Italy Between 2009‐2018: An Epidemiological Update and Time Series Analysis / Colasanti, Marco; Ricci, Eleonora; Cardinale, Alessandra; Amati, Federica; Mazza, Cristina; Biondi, Silvia; Ferracuti, Stefano; Roma, Paolo. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL ON CRIMINAL POLICY AND RESEARCH. - ISSN 1572-9869. - (2023).

Homicide‐Suicide in Italy Between 2009‐2018: An Epidemiological Update and Time Series Analysis

Marco Colasanti;Alessandra Cardinale;Cristina Mazza;Silvia Biondi;Stefano Ferracuti;Paolo Roma
2023

Abstract

Homicide–suicide is an event in which an individual murders one or more persons and then takes his/her own life. The present study aimed to assess the incidence of homicide- suicide in Italy over a 10-year period (between 2009 and 2018) and to compare its fndings with national and international data. Furthermore, a time series analysis was carried out employing an autoregressive integrated moving average model. Data regarding homicide- suicide cases were collected from press agencies and four major Italian newspapers. In the considered time frame, 368 cases of homicide–suicide were identifed, with a total of 808 deaths. Findings aligned with international data, highlighting that the murderer is typically an older male who, for romantic jealousy, kills with a frearm his current or former female partner. The average rate of homicide–suicides was 0.06%, showing an increase compared to the previous decades. In addition, the forecasting model predicted a further increase in cases in the coming years, highlighting the need to systematically gather data on this phenomenon.
2023
Homicide-suicide; Murder-suicide; Femicide; Romantic jealousy; Mercy killing
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Homicide‐Suicide in Italy Between 2009‐2018: An Epidemiological Update and Time Series Analysis / Colasanti, Marco; Ricci, Eleonora; Cardinale, Alessandra; Amati, Federica; Mazza, Cristina; Biondi, Silvia; Ferracuti, Stefano; Roma, Paolo. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL ON CRIMINAL POLICY AND RESEARCH. - ISSN 1572-9869. - (2023).
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