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Sexual and Nonsexual Homicide in Scotland: Is There a Difference?
The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2433-9618
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh, UK.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, ISSN 0886-2605, E-ISSN 1552-6518Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

While a number of previous studies have compared sexual homicides to nonlethal sexual offenses, there have been few studies comparing sexual and nonsexual homicides. This study examines whether sexual homicide offenders differ from nonsexual homicide offenders in Scotland regarding characteristics of the offender, the victim, and the homicide incident. Unlike previous studies, only homicides committed by males against females were examined. Data from a national police database were used to compare 89 male sexual homicide offenders who killed adult females with 306 male nonsexual homicide offenders who had also killed adult females using bivariate and multivariate (logistic regression) analyses. The findings revealed not only some similarities between the two groups, particularly regarding some victim variables, but also significant bivariate and multivariate differences. Sexual homicides appeared to be associated with indicators of instrumentality and sexual deviance. We conclude that sexual homicide offenders might be considered a distinct group of homicide offenders, more similar to sexual offenders than to other homicide offenders.

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2018.
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Sexual Homicide, Sexual Murderer, Nonsexual homicide, femicide
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-33727DOI: 10.1177/0886260518774303OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-33727DiVA, id: diva2:1214733
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First Published May 16, 2018 

Available from: 2018-06-07 Created: 2018-06-07 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved

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