Topic: Exploring the power of Chinese Culture in Female Intimate Partner Homicide in China: Focusing on the motive of ‘against domestic violence’

Presenter: Charlotte Zhang, MPhil Candidate, TC Beirne School of Law

Abstract: Female intimate partner homicide has historically changed some Chinese women to dangerous killers. Cases of this nature are not in fact a recent phenomenon; however, the number of incidents involving woman killing male partners has risen in the last decades. Despite the proliferation of homicide as in some cases the women may not have intended to kill; a large number of researches have recognised a history of domestic violence as a motivating factor for the killing in the Chinese context. Nevertheless, little attention has been paid to the impact of traditional cultures. This research explores cases of Chinese female domestic homicide in a domestic violence context from a culturally oriented perspective. It focuses on seven selected homicide cases through observing female offenders’ experience. The study intends to offer a better understanding of intimate partner homicide among women in Mainland of China.

Venue: Room W366, Forgan Smith

Time: Friday 3 February 2017

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Forgan Smith, St Lucia
Room W366