Simon Gittany Murder Case Study

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Q1 The Simon Gittany Murder Case features an intimate femicide. This is evident in how the perpetrator, Gittany, behaved and how he treated his partner, Lisa Harnum, prior to her death. Intimate femicide almost always consists of the perpetrator being possessive and controlling of his partner, and also features a sudden outburst of rage before the homicide takes place. Both of these factors occurred in the case, and were thus referred to domestic violence. Gittany was engaged to Harnum, but he lost his temper and ended her life before she had the chance to get married, concluding this homicide as an act of femicide. Femicide is the act of, usually, a man killing his partner - or ex-partner. According to McCallum (2014), there was no doubt …show more content…
She was a ballerina who lived with Gittany in Sydney. Harnum and her family are from Canada, where she lived until she was 24 years old, to move to Australia (Oriti, 2013). She had previously worked as a receptionist at a hairdressing college, where she spoke with one of her witnesses (McCallum, 2014), but Gittany pressured her into leaving the job and found her a new job where she was not paid (Oriti, 2013). Harnum had been suffering from bulimia as a teenager, which resurfaced by July 2011 (McCallum, 2014). Harnum had never been victimised prior to her relationship with Mr Gittany, nor has she ever committed any crimes. Harnum’s mother stated that she was a beautiful and kind woman who “saw the good in everybody, even in Gittany” (Partridge, 2013). Lisa Harnum’s family records also show no evidence of previous victimisation or criminal history.

Q5 Females within ages 21 and 23 years old are at higher risk of falling victim to intimate femicide (Mouzos, 1999). The mean age of femicide victims is 38 years old. Caucasian women are 54.2% likely to become a victim of femicide (Mouzos, 1999). It is 52.5% likely that the victim is younger than the offender. (Mouzos,

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