Familicide During Hard Economic Times

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Dr. Richard Gelles
Dean, School of Social Policy & Practice
University of Pennsylvania

· Internationally known expert on domestic violence, child abuse and child welfare
· Author of “Controversies on Domestic Violence “ and “The Violent Home”
· Currently co-authoring “Intimate Violence and Abuse in Families”

“Familicides are what one would first expect to see when the economy gets really bad and unemployment rates spike. The typical familicide is a husband who kills his wife and children and then commits suicide. Female familicide offenders exist, but they are rare.”