Exploration of Crime-Scene Characteristics in Juvenile Homicide in the French-Speaking part of Belgium

F. Jeane Gerard, Kate C. Whitfield, Kevin D. Browne

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    French-speaking part of Belgium. Multidimensional scaling analysis was carried out on crime-scene characteristics derived from the court files of 67 individuals under 22 years old, who had been charged with murder or attempted murder (1995-2009). Three thematic regions (Expressive: multiple offenders; Instrumental: theft; Instrumental: sex/forensic awareness) distinguished types of aggression displayed during the offense. These themes reaffirm that the expressive-instrumental differentiation found in general homicide studies is valuable when attempting to discriminate juvenile homicides. The proposed framework was found useful to classify the offenses, as 84% of homicides were assigned to a dominant theme. Additionally, associations between crime-scene characteristics and offenders' characteristics were analyzed, but no associations were found, therefore failing to provide empirical support for the homology assumption. Cultural comparisons, as well as the influence of age on the thematic structure are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
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    JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
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    Early online date13 Apr 2017
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    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Apr 2017

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    Keywords

    • homicide
    • crime scene analysis
    • juvenile homicide
    • profiling
    • classification

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    Gerard, F. Jeane ; Whitfield, Kate C. ; Browne, Kevin D. / Exploration of Crime-Scene Characteristics in Juvenile Homicide in the French-Speaking part of Belgium. In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2017 ; Vol. (in press). pp. (in press).
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