Homicide Followed by Suicide in Hong Kong: 1989-2001

Report to the Hong Kong Lotteries Fund, Centre for Criminology University of Hong Kong, 2005

126 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2012

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Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory

S. Beh

The University of Hong Kong

C. Chan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

H. Cheng

affiliation not provided to SSRN

K. Lee

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

There were 73 Homicide-Suicide (HS) events (77 offenders and 98 victims) that occurred in Hong Kong between 1998 and 2001, resulting in 174 deaths. Nineteen per cent of events involved multiple victims, and, on average, all events yielded a HS average annual prevalence rate (victims) of 0.12 per 100 000 persons during the period studied. HS represented about 7% of all homicides during this period. There is no specific trend in the annual incidence over the 13-year period of the study. Fourteen further events were observed in 2002 and three in 2003, and six in 2004 suggest that although 2002 recorded the highest number of events the annual incidence trend is a-periodic.

Homicide followed by suicide events, were slightly concentrated in late spring and summer and clustered around weekends. The geographical distribution of HS was in proportion with the general population with a slightly higher proportion in the New Territories. The large majority of HS events occurs in the home and reflected the domestic nature of these tragedies. Case examples and analysis of these and the potential for prevention are discussed in the report.

Keywords: Homicide-Suicide, Hong Kong China, intimate partner violence, filicide, patricide, suicide

Suggested Citation

Broadhurst, Roderic and Beh, S. and Chan, C. and Cheng, H. and Lee, K., Homicide Followed by Suicide in Hong Kong: 1989-2001 (2005). Report to the Hong Kong Lotteries Fund, Centre for Criminology University of Hong Kong, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2088614

Roderic Broadhurst (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

S. Beh

The University of Hong Kong

Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong, Pokfulam HK
China

C. Chan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

H. Cheng

affiliation not provided to SSRN

K. Lee

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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