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Homicide–suicide: practical implications for risk reduction and support services at primary care level

Published in: South African Family Practice
Volume 61, issue 4, 2019 , pages: 165–169
DOI: 10.1080/20786190.2018.1518025
Author(s): C KotzéWeskoppies Psychiatric Hospital/Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, South Africa, JL RoosWeskoppies Psychiatric Hospital/Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, South Africa

Abstract

Homicide–suicide (HS) has been defined as homicide committed by a person who subsequently commits suicide within one week of the homicide. In most cases it occurs within 24 hours. HS is a public health problem, victimising not only those directly involved in the act, but also family, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, witnesses and investigators.

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