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The consistency of sexual homicide characteristics and typologies across countries: a comparison of Canadian and Scottish sexual homicides
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Mid Sweden University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2433-9618
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada.
Swinburne University of Technology, Alphington, Australia.
Canadian Police College, Polygraph Training Unit, Ottawa, Canada.
2019 (English)In: Journal of Sexual Aggression, ISSN 1355-2600, E-ISSN 1742-6545Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Although similar subtypes of sexual homicide have been described crossnationally, no study has directly examined whether two samples from different jurisdictions are comparable. This study therefore aimed to examine whether any substantively meaningful subtypes of sexual homicide cases could be identified in each sample, and if so, whether these subtypes were similar across jurisdictions. Two samples of male sexual homicide offenders were compared: a Scottish sample (n=89) and a Canadian sample (n=150). Subtypes were identified in each sample using LCA, identifying a 3-class solution in each sample. Despite differences between samples on the bivariate level, two very similar subtypes (Controlled-Organized and Diverse) emerged in both samples. Despite differences at the bivariate level, the similarities at the multivariate level indicate similarities in underlying offence pathways which underpin heterogeneity in sexual homicide offenders. The similarities between the subtypes identified suggests potential universality of types of sexual homicides cross-nationally.

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sexual homicide, subtypes, homicide typology, international comparison
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38213DOI: 10.1080/13552600.2019.1697831ISI: 000504227100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-38213DiVA, id: diva2:1385428
Available from: 2020-01-14 Created: 2020-01-14 Last updated: 2020-01-16Bibliographically approved

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