Increase in Family Murders May Be Related to Economy

May 29, 2009 at 6:41 pm Leave a comment

Starting in 2007, the US has seen an increase in the number of family murders where a man takes the life of his wife and children before committing suicide. Katherine von Wormer, in an article posted at WomensNews.org, says that these types of case were vary rare until about two years ago, now they are happening at the rate of almost one a week. She goes on to site factors like the economy that put pressure on males to provide for their family. When the father cannot provide for his family because of unemployment, and other economic factors, he may feel like the only way out is to take his own life and protect his family from economic, psychological, and social hardship by taking their lives as well.

In addition, von Wormer points out that often these cases arise where there is an abusive or controlling relationship. She also points out that some of the abuse and subsequent killing may stem from societal pressure to “be a man” and what it means to be a “real man.”

Abuse is an issue that we regularly address, and it is always important to be aware of abuse in all its forms and to contact family members and law enforcement if you are the victim of abuse or you suspect that someone you care about it a victim.

Source: http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm?aid=4025

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