Family Caregivers Who Kill Project
- Donna Cohen, PhD
The Family Caregivers Who Kill Project will identify the epidemiology and clinical patterns of family caregivers who kill care-recipient/victims. Since there is no national surveillance mechanism, the research is based on analyses of the results of newspaper surveillance.
- Identify the annual incidence of family caregiver homicides since 1980
- Identify and clarify the characteristics of perpetrators/caregivers and victims/care-recipients as well as antecedents of the homicides
- Examine the pattern of utilization of health, legal,community, and other services by perpetrators, victims, and other family and social supports
- Identify the legal disposition of cases where the perpetrator does not die by suicide
- Contribute articles to first-rate journals about this under-studied area
- Provide the basis for a book about research, policy, and practice issues
- Develop written and online resources for a range of professionals in health care, home and community-based agencies, state agencies, law enforcement, legal justice, as well as family members and the general public.
Long Term Impact
- Dissemination of research findings for intervention and prevention of family caregiver homicides.
- Development of empirical data bases for further research by collaborating with state offices of attorneys general, court systems, state agencies (e.g., aging, children and families, health), and other researchers.
- Development of recommendations for applied and legal research to develop empirical guidelines for potential alternative legal options in criminal proceedings.