'Just Say Goodbye': New DVRCV research out now
Our newest Discussion Paper, 'Just Say Goodbye': Parents who kill their children in the context of separation has been released and is now available. This paper examines the motives and background to 'filicide' and identifies a link between the killing of children and violence against women. The paper reviews the national and international research, Australian Institute of Criminology data and cases where fathers and mothers have killed children following parental separation. Following the paper's release yesterday, DVRCV researcher & report author Dr Debbie Kirkwood discussed the findings on ABC Radio National, in an interview with Fran Kelly (you can listen to the interview here 'Killer Parents') and with Jon Faine on ABC 774. You can read Adele Horin's article 'Revenge and despair place children at risk' here (Sydney Morning Herald). OUT NOW: 'Just Say Goodbye': Parents who kill their children in the context of separation This Discussion Paper is essential reading for people working in family violence and child protection, including lawyers and other professionals, and those working to prevent further deaths of children. Discussion Paper no.8, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, 2012 (103pp) by Dr Debbie Kirkwood. Cost: $25 (including postage)
- Download the Introduction to our discussion paper 'Just Say Goodbye'.
- Read the DVRCV Quarterly article 'Why do parents kill their children? DVRCV's new research' (from Spring/Summer 2011 edition).
DVRCV Discussion Papers: These research papers provide in-depth analyses of aspects of family violence. They aim to fill knowledge gaps in areas that have been under-researched and promote informed critical thinking and discussion about family violence. Our previous papers include:
- Bad Mothers & Invisible Fathers: Parenting in the context of domestic violence (2009)
- Behind Closed Doors: Family dispute resolution & family violence (2007)
- Violence-Induced Disability: The consequences of violence against women & children (2006)
For a full list of previous papers and to order, visit the Discussion Papers page of our website.