Intimate Femicide in Italy: A Model to Classify How Killings Happened

  • Domenica Fioredistella IezziEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)


Women’s homicide (femicide) is the most serious form of violence against women. The aim of this paper is to propose a method to classify the underlying mechanism of killing. We analysed 1,125 cases of femicides in Italy from 2000 to 2005, 764 of these occurring in a domestic setting. The most important information about the mechanism of femicide is textual data, referring to newspaper articles. We propose a method to describe the killer profile on the basis of the analysis of crime scenes, possible suspect information and killer’s modus operandi.


Intimate Partner Cosine Distance Lexical Analysis Domestic Setting Term Frequency Inverse Document Frequency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”RomeItaly

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