Exploring the many sides of homicide

Violence Research and Prevention Program Director Professor Paul Mazerolle.

Australian and international experts in homicide and other forms of violence will participate in a major conference in Brisbane on March 24 and 25.

Homicide: Precursors and Prevention is being co-presented by Griffith University’s Violence Research and Prevention Program and the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Director of the Griffith program, Professor Paul Mazerolle, said homicide stood alone amid criminal activity, both in terms of its severity and the extreme nature of its consequences.

“There is an increasing need to examine and understand the current trends in homicide, why homicides are occurring, and the opportunities for prevention,” he said.

“The conference program will examine various forms of homicide, including infanticide, intimate partner homicide, youth homicide, death reviews, institutional responses to homicide and homicide prevention, and will explore programs and opportunities for preventing such extreme events.

“Thus our interest is twofold. First there is a general need to better understand the precursors for homicides and, additionally, to consider how these events can be prevented or controlled.”

Find conference speakers here.