Death Threat Victims

  • Stephen J. Morewitz

Certain characteristics and behaviors of victims may increase their risk of receiving a death threat. This chapter discusses victim characteristics, the psychosocial impact of death threats, and the prevention of death threats made against partners, friends, acquaintances, and strangers.

Death Threat Victims’ Gender

In MacDonald (1968)’s investigation, most of the targets of death threats were women. A majority (86.4%) of the death threat (DT) victims in the Stalking and Violence Project (SVP) also were female (See Appendix 2—Study Results, Table A.3). There were no gender differences between DT victims and non-DT victims.

Gender differences may influence the type of threat made. Based on the findings of the SVP, Morewitz (2005) showed that among female domestic violence victims, being threatened with death was positively associated with parental-child, and partner kidnapping while there was no such association among male domestic violence victims.

DT Victims’ Relational Status



Domestic Violence Partner Violence Census Tract Death Threat Homicide Victim 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen J. Morewitz
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    • 2
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  1. 1.San FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.TarzanaUSA
  3. 3.Buffalo GroveUSA

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