Elder Homicide in the UK (2010–2015): A Gendered Examination

  • Hannah BowsEmail author
  • Pamela Davies
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


Despite public fascination with homicide, academic research remains comparatively lacking compared to the widespread media coverage of such offences. In particular, homicide involving older adults has received very little attention. Drawing on a Freedom of Information study in the UK, this chapter reports on 514 homicides recorded between 2010 and 2015 involving victims over the age of 59. Analysis of these cases revealed that homicide of older men is qualitatively different to homicide of older women, confirming the need for a gendered analysis of homicides across the life course. Using this novel study to illustrate our argument, we suggest there are several issues to be addressed concerning conceptualisations of violence against older people as well as methodological challenges to overcome. Implications for research, policy and practice are discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Durham Law SchoolDurham UniversityDurhamUK
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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