Uxoricide

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Uxoricide (from Latin uxor meaning “wife” and -cide, from caedere meaning “to cut, to kill”) is murder of one’s wife or romantic partner. It can refer to the act itself or the person who carries it out.

Contents

1 Rates of Uxoricide
2 Evolutionary Explanations

2.1 The “Slip Up” Theory
2.2 Evolved Homicide Module Theory

3 Psychodynamic Explanations

3.1 Unconscious Conflict
3.2 Defense Mechanisms

4 Risk Factors

4.1 Marital Status
4.2 Partner Separation
4.3 Age
4.4 Culture

5 Consequences of Uxoricide

5.1 Effects on Children

6 Known or suspected examples
7 In fiction
8 See also
9 References

Rates of Uxoricide[edit]
Overall, rates of uxoricide are much higher than rates of mariticide. Of the 2340 deaths at the hands of intimate partners in America in 2007, female victims made up 70%.[1] In the region of South-East Asia, 55% of all murdered women died at the hands of their partner, followed by 40% in the African region and 38% in the Americas.[2] Preliminary findings of an ongoing study estimate that globally, approximately 35% of murders of women are committed by inti
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