Current Psychiatry Reports

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Intimate Partner Homicide Suicide: a Mini-Review of the Literature (2012–2018)

  • Patrizia Zeppegno
  • Carla Gramaglia
  • Sarah di Marco
  • Chiara Guerriero
  • Cristiana Consol
  • Lucia Loreti
  • Maria Martelli
  • Debora Marangon
  • Vladimir Carli
  • Marco SarchiaponeEmail author
Mood Disorders (E Baca-Garcia, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Mood Disorders


Recent Findings

In homicide-suicide (HS), a perpetrator kills at least one victim and then commits suicide within a time frame, which is not consistently described in the literature. Most HS happen in an intimate partner relationship (HS-IP), but data about this phenomenon are still scant and poorly systematized.

Purpose of Review

To assess the research papers published about HS-IP from 2012 to 2018 in Pubmed and Scopus. Article selection followed the PRISMA flow diagram. Information was extracted from the selected articles and tabulated.


The 22 eligible articles focusing on different types of HS, including HS-IP, suggest that HS-IPs are predominantly committed by men, usually married, cohabiting, or recently separated from their partner, with a medium-low employment status; the victim is usually the current or former female partner. Heterogenity of HS makes it difficult to generalize the results. Implications emerge for the need to target domestic violence and firearm regulation.


Homicide Suicide Intimate partner violence Mercy killing 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrizia Zeppegno
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carla Gramaglia
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sarah di Marco
    • 1
  • Chiara Guerriero
    • 1
  • Cristiana Consol
    • 1
  • Lucia Loreti
    • 1
  • Maria Martelli
    • 1
  • Debora Marangon
    • 2
  • Vladimir Carli
    • 3
  • Marco Sarchiapone
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    Email author
  1. 1.Psychiatry Institute, Department of Translational MedicineUniversità del Piemonte OrientaleNovaraItaly
  2. 2.SC PsichiatriaAzienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Maggiore della CaritàNovaraItaly
  3. 3.National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental lll-Health (NASP)Karolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  4. 4.Department of Medicine and Mental HealthUniversity of MoliseRomeItaly
  5. 5.National Institute for Health of Migration and PovertyRomeItaly
  6. 6.National Medical UniversityAlmatyKazakhstan

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