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
- and conflict with extended family members7
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