U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Social Structure and Family Homicides

NCJ Number
Journal of Family Violence Volume: 25 Issue: 5 Dated: July 2010 Pages: 521-532
Chelsea Diem; Jesenia M. Pizarro
Date Published
July 2010
12 pages
This study examined the effect of social structure on family homicides.
To date, few studies have analyzed the relationship that economic deprivation and social disorganization have with disaggregated family homicide types. This study utilized data from the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports from years 2000-2007 in order to explore the effect social structural variables have on rates of family homicidesspecifically, intimate partner, filicide, parricide, and siblicide. Cities with more than 100,000 residents were analyzed using ordinary least squares regression. Findings showed that economic deprivation had a significant and positive relationship with all types of disaggregated family homicides, but were stronger for intimate partner homicides and filicides. Social disorganization, however, showed a negative relationship with these types of homicides. Our study provides a basis for possible policy implications, such as economically based institutions to help those in need before financial strain reaches a point of violence. Tables, appendix, and references (Published Abstract)