Special Issues

A variety of journals in the disciplines of sociology, criminology, law, and public health as well as interdisciplinary journals have and continue to publish research on femicide. Only a few of these journals, however, have dedicated an entire issue to the topic.Below, we feature two of those special issues as well as a special issue on Domestic Violence Death Review Committees which focus on primarily women and children killed by male partners. 

Homicide Studies published what is believed to be the first special journal issue on ‘Femicide’ in 1988, edited by United States femicide researchers, Jacquelyn Campbell and Carol W. Runyan, with the goal of underscoring the distinct characteristics of the killing of women compared to the killing of men. Featuring femicide research from the United States and Canada, the special issue refocused attention once again on the term ‘femicide’ that had been coined by Diana Russell more than two decades before. 

More recently, in 2017, another special issue was published by Qualitative Sociological Review XIII (3) called “Researching Femicide from a Qualitative Perspective,” edited by European femicide researchers, Shalva Weil and Christiana Kouta. Examining femicide using a qualitative lens, contributions focused on the dynamics of femicide in various countries including Cyprus, Ecuador, Georgia, Iceland, Romania, and Spain. Topical foci ranged from migrant and cultural minority populations as well as literary and cultural representations to masculinities and femicide. 

Finally, in 2013, given the rise of domestic violence death review committees in various countries, Homicide Studies published a special issue on these initiatives, edited by Canadian femicide researcher, Myrna Dawson, who is also a member of the first committee in Canada, housed within the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario. The special issue features articles on various topics related to the process and structure of these committees as well as some of the challenges and benefits.


Homicide Studies (HS),     QSR Full Issue    Homicide Studies