Husbands who kill their wives: An analysis of uxoricides in contemporary Ghana

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This article addresses the current lack of research on uxoricides in non-Western societies by examining the phenomenon in Ghana, West Africa. Analysis of data from the 60 husband-wife killings reported in a national daily newspaper reveals that jealousy and suspicion of infidelity overwhelmingly provided the basis for wife murders. The findings also indicate that assailants and victims were of low socioeconomic background and the murders predominantly occurred in the rural areas of the country. Posthomicidal suicide by the assailant occurred in about one fourth of the cases. Overall, the results demonstrate that the patterns of uxoricide in Ghana are congruous in many significant ways with those noted in Western industrialized societies. It is concluded that additional research in non-Western societies is warranted to contribute to the development of sound conclusions about and remedies for uxoricide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-310
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Ghana
  • Homicide
  • Spousal murder
  • Uxoricide
  • Wife killing


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