Journal Article

Familial Homicide and Social Work

Mark Drakeford and Ian Butler

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 5, pages 1419-1433
Published in print July 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online July 2009 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Familial Homicide and Social Work

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This article focuses on the relatively new offence in the UK of familial homicide and contrasts the experience of two women whose children died violently at the hands of their partners and examines the actions of those public agencies that were associated with the events surrounding the children's deaths. In this way, the article demonstrates how far social work practice, in accommodating to the current of the times, may have moved away from the defence of disadvantaged women and failed to speak and act on their behalf.

Keywords: Child abuse; familial homicide; domestic violence

Journal Article.  6344 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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