At this year's meetings of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences held this February 18-22, 2014, in Philadelphia, two papers were presented on intimate partner homicide, with very different results. Based on their research on intimate partner homicide in Chicago, Natalie Johnson, Dan Rodeheaver and Jim Williams presented their paper which found that population density is significantly related to intimate partner homicide (IPH) rates. They found that, as density increases, then IPH rates also increase correspondingly. In the second paper presented at these meetings, Jim Williams and Dan Rodeheaver presented their research on intimate partner homicide in Texas. However, in this research, they found that population density has a strong negative relationship with IPH rates in Texas counties. They found that IPH rates are much more frequent in Texas counties that are much less densely populated. Of course, the difference in findings is more likely the result of levels of aggregation. In the case of the first study, the focus was on specific communities within the boundaries of a specific city, whereas the latter tested these premises from the first study (and other literature) to see if they would hold up when taking a more macro-level approach.
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