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Fatal Family Violence

Exploring the dark world of family violence and familial homicide where family members turn on each other with deadly consequences. Violence between family members is a rising phenomenon including intimate partner violence, familicide, parricide, patricide and siblicide where murder occurs inside the family unit carried out family member against family member.

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“The family annihilator is usually the senior man of the house, who is depressed, paranoid, intoxicated or a combination of these. He kills each member of the family who is present, sometimes including pets. He may commit suicide after killing the others, or may force the police to kill him.” – Forensic Psychiatrist P.E Dietz (1986)
Parricide is the term used to refer to the killing of one’s own parents.  Within parricide, ‘patricide’ is used to refer to the killing of one’s father and, ‘matricide’ for the killing of one’s mother.
Siblicide is a type of family homicide where murder takes place within the family unit.  Often also referred to as fratricide, it is one of the most rare forms of family homicide but can be one of the most difficult to understand.  Fratricide, under its literal meaning is the murder of one’s brother, with sororicide being the murder of one’s sister.  Siblicide is a gender-neutral terms which applies to both acts.