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Femicide and the Feminist Perspective

NCJ Number
Homicide Studies Volume: 15 Issue: 4 Dated: November 2011 Pages: 341-362
Rae Taylor; Jana L. Jasinski
Date Published
November 2011
22 pages
This study examined femicide research and homicide research.
The gender disparity in intimate killings underscores the need for close attention to the phenomenon of intimate partner-perpetrated femicides and theories useful in understanding this pervasive and enduring problem. The most overarching paradigm used is that of the feminist perspective. The purpose of this article is to review the tenets of feminist theory as the most viable and efficacious framework for understanding and explaining intimate partner-perpetrated femicide, to highlight empirical evidence supporting the strength and value of this perspective, to address the contentions of those in opposition to this perspective, and to provide research and policy implications targeted at greater understanding, and, ultimately, lower rates of femicide. (Published Abstract)