Norwegian launch of intimate partner homicide study

Dr Heidi Stöckl, Lecturer in Social Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), presented at a high level event at the University Hospital of Oslo on 3 February 2016.

The one day event was organised to launch a report (written in Norwegian) by Solveig KB Vatnar on intimate partner homicide in Norway. The report received huge attention by national press and 150-180 people were in attendance at the launch. Among the attendees were researchers, policymakers, press, advocates and lawyers.

The formal opening was administered by Anders Anundsen, Minister of Justice and Public Security. Tor-Aksel Busch, Director of Public Prosecutions, gave an address entitled ‘Intimate partner homicide – sometimes a predicted catastrophe’.

Dr Stöckl was invited to give one of the four research addresses on the global scope of intimate partner homicide. View her presentation here.

The global prevalence of intimate partner homicide: What is the scale?

Dr Stöckl’s study highlights that:

  • Men are by far more likely to be killed by any perpetrator than women
  • Intimate partner homicide affects women more than men, in many countries a third to a half of the homicides of women are committed by intimate partners
  • Approximately 5-10% of male homicides are committed by intimate partners
  • Missing data is an important, not to be neglected issue

The Norwegian study confirms the global trend that intimate partner homicide constitutes a significant percentage of homicides (24% in the Norwegian case and at least 14% in Dr Stöckl’s study). Intimate partner violence is the strongest risk factor for intimate partner homicides (71% in the Norwegian study).

Read the event programme here.

Image: From left: Prof Russel Dobash; Director of Public Prosecutions Tor-Aksel Busch; Prof Rebecca Dobash; Dr Heidi Stöckl; Prof Jaqueline Campbell; Dr Solveig Vatnar and Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen. Photo credit: Martin Bjørnstad, Centre for Forensic Psychiatry, Oslo University Hospital.

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