Module introduction

Learning outcomes


By the end of this module we hope you will understand:


  • the epidemiology of homicide offences with reference to perpetrator, offence and victim characteristics


  • the criminal justice pathways relevant to homicide suspects


  • the relationship between mental disorders and homicide


  • the legal defences to a murder charge


  • the impact of homicide offences on perpetrators, indirect victims and psychiatric services.



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