Characteristics of sex-related homicides in Alaska.

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Source
J Forensic Nurs. 2010;6(2):57-65
Publication Type
Article
Date
2010
Author
Tara Henry
Author Affiliation
Forensic Nurse Services, Anchorage, AK 99516, USA. thenry@alaska.net
Source
J Forensic Nurs. 2010;6(2):57-65
Date
2010
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Adult
Age Distribution
Alaska - epidemiology
Anal Canal - injuries
Autopsy - instrumentation - methods
Cause of Death
Child
Child, Preschool
Colposcopes
Female
Forensic Nursing - instrumentation - methods
Genitalia, Female - injuries
Homicide - statistics & numerical data
Humans
Infant
Middle Aged
Nurse's Role
Nursing Assessment
Physical Examination - instrumentation - methods - nursing
Postmortem Changes
Rape - diagnosis - statistics & numerical data
Retrospective Studies
Spouse Abuse - diagnosis - statistics & numerical data
Abstract
The identification and interpretation of anogenital findings postmortem is a critical component of a sex-related homicide investigation. The use of a colposcope to assist in identifying anogenital injuries in living sexual assault victims is well established. The use of a colposcope for postmortem anogenital examination has been briefly mentioned in a few publications, however, no studies were found regarding the types and sites of postmortem anogenital injuries identified with a colposcope in sex-related homicide cases. The purpose of this study was to describe the demographic, physical examination, and victim-suspect relationship characteristics of sex-related homicides in Alaska. Genital findings in living and deceased sexual assault victims in Alaska were compared.
Given the results of this study, postmortem sexual assault examinations should be conducted in all suspected intimate partner homicides. Further implications for forensic nursing practice and recommendations for future research are discussed.
PubMed ID
20507418 View in PubMed
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