A qualitative study of intimate femicide : the perpetrator's perspective.

MacDougall, Lorraine (2000) A qualitative study of intimate femicide : the perpetrator's perspective. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




This research study focused on five perpetrators’experience and understanding of intimate femicide with the hope to develop insight into their experience and view of the crime. A secondary objective of the study was to assess the suitability of a communitybased sentence for the crime committed. This study is believed to be a valuable contribution to the limited literature and research currently available on intimate femicide in South Africa. It appears to be the only South African study which focuses on the perpetrator’s experience and understanding of the crime. A major finding of this study is the perpetrator’s inability or unwillingness to take responsibility for the crime he committed and the projection of blame for the crime onto the victim. The perpetrators justified and/or rationalized the crime and appeared not to feel any remorse for the death of their intimate partner. The perpetrators were also unable to acknowledge or identify the negative effects of the crime on their children. Regarding thesuitability of correctional supervision as a sentence option for perpetrators of intimate femicide this study questions the punitive and rehabilitative aspects of correctional supervision, as their was a lack of compliance with the sentence conditions (house arrest, community service, monitoring). Counselling appeared to only be offered on request or not at all. There are no anger management programmes offered or any reconstructive services for the child survivors of intimate femicide. This study ends with recommendations for counselling and groupwork programmes in the prevention and treatment of intimate femicide,strategies for the Criminal Jusice System and Department of Correctional Services, and with suggestions of areas for further research.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Family violence, South Africa, Violence, Family violence, Criminals, counseling of, Murder, Murderers.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
ID Code:2277
Deposited By: Madireng Monyela
Deposited On:24 Nov 2011 12:39
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:22
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