Preventing Domestic Homicides with Older Couples: Lesson Learned from Tragedies

November 24, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 PM

Domestic homicides are an extreme form of violence against women and children across the commonwealth. Many of these deaths appear predictable and preventable with hindsight. Some of this hindsight has come from various death review processes across Canada, the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand that have developed in the past decade. These reviews by interdisciplinary committees shed light on what transpired and how to prevent the same outcome in similar circumstances in the future. These reviews often highlight patterns of known risk factors prior to the homicide as well as shortcomings in inter-agency collaboration with health, social services, and education and justice professionals. There may be multiple systems and organizations who miss opportunities to share information and develop effective intervention strategies in the community and the justice system.

This presentation outlines the often-repeated lessons learned from these tragedies that include the need for enhanced professional and public education to save lives. Future directions are discussed in terms of the need for better risk assessment, safety planning and risk management by legal and mental health professionals.

Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter


Peter Jaffee

Psychologist, Professor Emeritus, a founding Directors of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children, Faculty of Education at Western University

Peter has co-authored eleven books, 40 chapters and over 80 articles related to domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on children, homicide prevention and the role of the criminal and family justice systems. For the past 30 years, he has presented workshops across the United States and Canada, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Europe to various groups including judges, lawyers, health, mental health professionals and educators.

Margaret MacPherson

Research Associate, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children

Margaret is a Research Associate with the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children (CREVAWC) at Western University in London Ontario. Margaret designs and develops curriculum and related materials on a number of initiatives including the Make It Our Business, workplace domestic violence program and It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults. Margaret is passionate in her belief that everyone has an important contribution to make in creating safe and supportive environments at work and in our communities.

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