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The Conflict Structure in Intra-familial Homicide * Professor, Department of Police Administration, Daegu University Park, Soon-Jin* It can be easily found in the intra-familial homicide that the offender and his victim have histories of conflict before the occurring of the crime. While the offender is more active person in the criminal scene, who uses various struggle tactics including aggressive act and lethal instrument, the lethal outcome of a violent crime in the family can be best understood as an outcome of dynamic exchange of struggle tactics between the offender and his victim in the context of their interaction process and conflict structure existed before the crime. It analyses the police and court records of criminal homicide between family members for three years from 1995 to 1997 in Seoul. It examines 104 cases including 117 criminals and 116 victims. Four major types of offending are classified and examined from the cases; (1) partner homicide by man, (2) partner homicide by woman, (3) parricide, and (4) murder of children by their parents. Major risk factors and motives of offending are discussed for each types of intra-familial homicide. Most frequent motives of killing family members are control motive, self-defense, combinations of stress and alcohol, and mental illness. Homicide between intimate family members are often extreme cases of family violence. Some of the cases are well understood as deadly outcomes of continued exercise of violence by the perpetrator, and others as killing their abuser by victims of family violence. Parents who kill their young children had usually been experiencing deteriorated conditions of life before the crime.


The Conflict Structure in Intra-familial Homicide * Professor, Department of Police Administration, Daegu University Park, Soon-Jin* It can be easily found in the intra-familial homicide that the offender and his victim have histories of conflict before the occurring of the crime. While the offender is more active person in the criminal scene, who uses various struggle tactics including aggressive act and lethal instrument, the lethal outcome of a violent crime in the family can be best understood as an outcome of dynamic exchange of struggle tactics between the offender and his victim in the context of their interaction process and conflict structure existed before the crime. It analyses the police and court records of criminal homicide between family members for three years from 1995 to 1997 in Seoul. It examines 104 cases including 117 criminals and 116 victims. Four major types of offending are classified and examined from the cases; (1) partner homicide by man, (2) partner homicide by woman, (3) parricide, and (4) murder of children by their parents. Major risk factors and motives of offending are discussed for each types of intra-familial homicide. Most frequent motives of killing family members are control motive, self-defense, combinations of stress and alcohol, and mental illness. Homicide between intimate family members are often extreme cases of family violence. Some of the cases are well understood as deadly outcomes of continued exercise of violence by the perpetrator, and others as killing their abuser by victims of family violence. Parents who kill their young children had usually been experiencing deteriorated conditions of life before the crime.