The proposal is to develop a new risk assessment-management tool that would be more effective in preventing and reducing further violence to victims of intimate partner abuse. Research would be conducted into factors leading to femicide-suicide/suicide. This research will examine why it is that suicidal perpetrators often kill their partners (sometimes even when there is no history of violence). The applicants believe that this knowledge will provide valuable insight into when victims are at increased risk of serious violence and homicide, and also, what can be done to reduce that risk.
The project has three major objectives. First, identifying risk markers for attempted suicide/femicide-suicide. Second, understanding the dynamics underlying these harmful outcomes. Third, promoting the safety and welfare of estranged intimate partners (and their children) before, during and after their participation in separation and divorce proceedings.