Familial homicide and social work

Mark Drakeford, Ian Butler

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This article focuses on the relatively new offence in the UK of familial homicide and contrasts the experience of two women whose children died violently at the hands of their partners and examines the actions of those public agencies that were associated with the events surrounding the children's deaths. In this way, the article demonstrates how far social work practice, in accommodating to the current of the times, may have moved away from the defence of disadvantaged women and failed to speak and act on their behalf.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1419-1433
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number5
Early online date8 Jul 2009
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


  • familial homicide
  • Child abuse
  • domestic violence


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