The most common risk factor leading to a domestic violence homicide is pending or actual separation.  Other important risk factors include:

  • an escalation of violence
  • a history of domestic violence, stalking or other obsessive behaviours by perpetrator
  • the perpetrator has reported being depressed
  • health or financial issues
  • a gambling addiction
  • isolation
  • and conflict with extended family members7

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