Roundtable presenters will draw on their extensive backgrounds investigating IPH to present on existing data sources and methodologies and outline avenues for future research. National homicide datasets, such as the National Violent Death Reporting System and the Uniform Crime Report-Supplementary Homicide Report, tend to misclassify intimate partner relationships and have limited usefulness for studying subpopulations who are at increased risk of homicide, a particularly important limitation given that research indicates IPH may disproportionately impact under-served and marginalized groups. Presenters will discuss the pros and cons of each dataset, including opportunities for linking multiple violent death incidents like homicide-suicides. Community-level data, such as records from departments of public health, police departments, and medical examinerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s or prosecutorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s offices may provide more in-depth opportunities for data collection but also have limitations. Given potential increases in IPH and homicide-suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic, presenters will emphasize the implications of using various data collection and analytic techniques to examine particular time periods and events. Additionally, presenters will consider novel data collection methods that investigate relationship histories, such as examining the victimÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and perpetratorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s social media activities, and offer strategies for interviewing knowledgeable proxy informants. Finally, presenters will discuss analytic approaches to examining these data sources, including multilevel modeling, spatial analyses, and content analysis.
Collecting and analyzing accurate data can assist in the development of strategies and policies to prevent IPH. Presenters will draw from their experience, also encouraging active participation from audience members in discussions regarding their experiences studying IPV and IPH, to highlight practice applications of the information presented. The roundtable will culminate in a conversation about future directions for IPH research and how social work researchers can take a lead role in the development and evaluation of IPH prevention strategies.