Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 29, Issue 8, pp 921–926 | Cite as

Fatal Families: Why Children are Killed in Familicide Occurrences

  • Sharon Mailloux
Characteristics of Abusive Families


This literature review attempts to identify the underlying factors and commonalities regarding the killing of children in occurrences of familicide (wherein the entire family is slain by a family member). Numerous journal and newspaper articles were reviewed to glean information regarding similarities in victim families, the breakdown of the family prior to the incident of familicide, and the degree of pre-meditation by the perpetrator. This information is then used to discuss and inform possible implications in counselling such as assessment, prevention, and grief and loss therapy as well as directions for future research.


Family violence Homicide victims Homicide perpetrators Domestic violence Child murders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St-IsidoreCanada

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