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Master of Arts




Jaffe, Peter


Gender-based violence is rooted in a network of multidimensional constructs encompassing personal, situational, social and cultural elements, as well as the intersectionality of these elements. Current research on victims of domestic homicide has not incorporated the use of this lens and has had a tendency to focus on a singular construct as independent and autonomous. The present study explored 20 dimensions of victim vulnerability. Cases from the Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee were analyzed to examine the presence and frequency of these dimensions within the sample. Using two-step cluster analysis, different profiles of vulnerable victims were determined. Relationships between these profiles were explored in relation to the following variables; age, number of agencies involved, number of homicide risk factors, separation from an intimate partner, and various perpetrator-related factors. The results demonstrated distinct constellations of vulnerability. Implications and recommendations are discussed.