Family Violence and Murders During Economic Downturn

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

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

“This kind of thing – familicide – is rare, but has a tendency to increase during times of severe economic downturn. It precedes upticks in crime, child abuse and domestic violence.”