When Parents Kill Children

Understanding Filicide

  • Thea Brown
  • Danielle Tyson
  • Paula Fernandez Arias

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Incidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roberto Rodríguez Manríquez, Paula Fernandez Arias
      Pages 27-42
    3. Shanaaz Mathews, Naeemah Abrahams
      Pages 43-61
    4. Katsuhiro Yasumi
      Pages 63-77
  3. Explaining Filicide

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Russell P. Dobash, Rebecca E. Dobash
      Pages 81-101
    3. Colin Pritchard, Richard Williams, Paula Fernandez Arias
      Pages 103-124
    4. Carolyn Harris Johnson, Mark Sachmann
      Pages 125-143
    5. Thea Brown, Danielle Tyson, Paula Fernandez Arias
      Pages 145-166
  4. Intervention and Prevention

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 259-267

About this book


This edited collection addresses a substantial gap in the existing literature on filicide by presenting the latest research from empirical investigations around the world. Despite its low occurrence, little is known about the incidences, causes and circumstances of filicide nationally and globally, and this international volume address the challenges associated with explaining and understanding filicide. Additionally, the authors also outline the role of professionals in assessing risk, and the importance of support for, and advocacy of, families of victims in the aftermath of these tragic events.  

Exploring a truly diverse range of countries, from various English speaking countries, to Chile, and Japan, this book presents an authoritative look at research on filicide, and crucially, examines the programs currently being developed for both intervention and prevention. An important and well-researched collection, this book will be of particular interest for scholars of domestic violence and filicide, as well as professionals such as social workers.


Filicide Neonaticide Infanticide Prevention methods Substance abuse Mental illness Suicide Canada South Africa Japan Ireland Arizona Chile Australia Immigration Isolation

Editors and affiliations

  • Thea Brown
    • 1
  • Danielle Tyson
    • 2
  • Paula Fernandez Arias
    • 3
  1. 1.Monash UniversityCaulfield EastAustralia
  2. 2.Deakin UniversityGeelongAustralia
  3. 3.Universidad MayorSantiagoChile

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63096-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63097-7
  • Buy this book on publisher's site