Homicide Event Motive: A Situational Perspective

Belinda Parker, Amber McKinley

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The motive for a homicide can be conceptualised from different
perspectives, for instance, psychological, legal, investigative, and is often
focused on the offender’s reasons for committing the homicide. As
criminology often draws on theories from various disciplines, motive’s
conceptualisation from study to study and comparison is difficult. This
manuscript introduces a new perspective for conceptualising motive, based
on the situational approach termed “homicide event motive”. Defined as
the fundamental reason for the homicide and drawing on theories such as
the Routine Activities Theory, Crime Pattern Theory, and Theory of
Closure on Deviant Acts, this conceptualisation shifts the focus from the
offender’s personal reasoning to the homicide situation itself and the
elements that brought about the event. This manuscript will outline the
theoretical foundations of homicide event motive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-95
Number of pages18
JournalSalus Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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