Expert Warns Of More Familicides

April 22nd, 2009 by admin

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An expert on domestic violence says the country should brace for more tragedies like the two recent murder suicide cases in Maryland.

Dr. Richard Gelles says familicides, where a husband kills his family then himself, are prime indicators of a coming surge in domestic violence and child abuse.

Gelles is Dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gelles says such cases can be directly tied to the economy.

He says most of the men who commit the crimes are white males between the ages of 30 and 60 that have recently lost jobs or suffered a significant drop in income.

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