Volume 43, Issue 6 (November 1998)
Homicides in War and Peace in Croatia
This work shows the interdisciplinary investigation of homicides in the Osijek area during the war and prewar periods. Similarities between the prewar and wartime perpetrators are related to social-demographic characteristics. Nevertheless, significant differences are found in the homicidal method of selection among victims and participation of victims involved.
The major contributing factors in homicide genesis were acute alcohol intoxication and personality disorder among perpetrators. Besides these factors, the war stressors and access to firearms were significant factors during the war homicides.
Prevention efforts should be directed toward consequential measures and further investigation suggests that the emphasis must be put on victimological aspects of the homicide problem.
This work is a review of an interdisciplinary investigation of prewar and war homicides in the city of Osijek district.
It provides confirmation of how the number of war homicides relate to the prewar number.