Snakes in the Grass: Detecting Lethality in the Absence of Reported Physical Abuse
Do some femicides and familicides really occur “out of nowhere”? Reported physical abuse is an obvious risk factor for intimate partner homicide, but what about the 20-30% of killings that don’t have an apparent abuse history? This workshop focuses on how dangerous cases can slip through the cracks due to a lack of documented violence, and what lethality traits often appear in seemingly stable situations. Learn about the prevalence and common denominators of such cases, characteristics of offenders, markers of imminent danger, and the signs of system collapse that can end in tragedy. Includes case examples and implications for safety planning. Appropriate for audiences with an advanced understanding of domestic violence and risk assessment.