Why do parents kill their children? The facts about filicide in Australia

Research output: Contribution to journalOnline ResourceResearch


A six-month-old baby was killed earlier this week in what is suspected to be a murder-suicide. Police are investigating whether the child was killed by its father, after their bodies were found in a car on the Sunshine Coast.

At least one child in Australia is killed by a parent each fortnight, according to a report into filicide released by the Australian Institute of Criminology this week. Filicide is a general term referring to the killing of a child by a parent or parent equivalent – which in Australia includes the custodial parent, non-custodial parents and step-parents.

The report shows that between 2000-01 and 2011-12 there were 238 recorded incidents of filicide in Australia, with 260 offenders involved in these incidents. Males constituted 52% (124) of offenders and females 48% (114).
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2019


Dive into the research topics of 'Why do parents kill their children? The facts about filicide in Australia'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this