Parent Representations in Filicide: An Interactionist Analysis
19 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2018
Date Written: November 1, 2018
This paper discusses its findings of an eight-year study (between 2000-2008) of filicide in New South Wales (‘NSW’), Australia using the data from selected case files held in the National Coronial Information System (‘NCIS’). The study examines the nature of intervention in filicide cases in NSW. Specifically, it questions why support services were not able to identify the risks posed by the parent to the child, given that the parent(s) had been known to these services such as, child protection, mental health professionals and the police prior to the filicide. The findings indicate that certain interactions between the parent(s) and support services precede and tended to characterise the violence to follow. Specifically, parent representations have the ability to conceal risks of harm to the child. The article suggests the need to better understand the context of parental interactions and engagement with support services, in order to develop improved strategies to prevent filicide once risk factors have been identified.
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