Research shows familicides are almost exclusively committed by men and key risk factors include a desire for control, particularly in areas associated with masculinity.
At least one child is killed by a parent in Australia every fortnight. The latest report from the Australian Institute of Criminology shows the nature of filicide in Australia.
Parents killing their children is uncommon, but there are some risk factors around the crime such as mental illness, previous abuse and domestic violence.
Responses to high-risk pregnancy and high-risk infants across Australia are haphazard, and legislation alone will not correct the problem.