Murder and Domestic Violence
Some individuals who are victims of domestic violence are eventually murdered by their partners, either by the individual who has been inflicting the abuse or the victim. Many experts categorize murders into one of two types. The first type consists of murders that involve strangers. In other words, neither the victim nor the murdered knew each other. The second category consists of individuals who are murdered by family members, friends or acquaintances. Many of this later group include individuals who had been victims of domestic violence.
Interestingly, the incidence of murder among married couples has declined over the last twenty years. Some experts speculate that this is the result of less emphasis placed on marriage by the American society. In other words, fewer individuals feel the need or necessity to get married legally, and simply live together. However, in reviewing the statistics regarding individuals who are cohabitating or living together, there appear to be gender differences with regard to murder rates within the context of this living arrangement. Overall, the number of men who were killed by an intimate partner has decreased, but the number of women who were killed by an intimate partner has increased sharply. Some have suggested that the increased murder rate for women is the result of males feeling out of control in a non-married relationship, and they are attempting to exercise some control over their female partner. This sense of a loss of control comes about because they are not legally connected by marriage.