Common characteristics of domestic violence murder-suicide and recent cases

The cases listed below are just a few of the domestic violence related cases which ended in murder-suicide reported in the news within the last month. In the U.S. more than three women a day are killed by their intimate partners.

The most common characteristics of murder-suicide in families are a prior history of domestic violence, access to guns, increased specific threats and a prior history of poor mental health or substance abuse, according to the National Institute of Justice.

According to statistics gathered by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these murder suicides are female.

Veteran Suspected in Murder-Suicide had a history of domestic violence

Two dead after domestic dispute in Northside

Deaths of Boothbay Harbor family ruled double murder – homicide

A domestic violence incident in May turns into a murder-suicide in June

Shooting suspect in murder-suicide has lengthy history of domestic violence

Argument, break-up threats preceded double murder-suicide

Police identify woman, man in suspected murder-suicide

ID released in Sterling Heights murder-suicide: husband was arrested in May for domestic violence

Sheriff IDs victims in murder-suicide

Patterns and risk factors are discussed in a paper The Dynamics of Murder-Suicide in Domestic Situations (pdf)