DOI: 10.1177/10887679231190032 ISSN:

Changing Patterns of Domestic Homicide During Lockdown: Interrupted Time-Series Analysis in England and Wales

Valeria Abreu Minero, Amy Nivette
  • Law
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

This study aimed to examine the effect of lockdown restrictions on domestic homicide incidents in England and Wales. We analyzed data on 1,104 domestic homicides recorded by the Home Office Homicide Index between January 2014 and March 2021 using interrupted time-series analysis. Findings showed an immediate drop in ex-partner homicides following the first lockdown and higher than expected levels of parent and child homicides at different points during the first, second and third lockdowns. Our results suggest a change in the composition of domestic homicide during lockdown and contribute to a more detailed understanding of the short-, mid- and long-term effects of lockdown measures on domestic homicide.

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