Male oriented intimate partner violence (IPV) against female victims occurs on national, regional and global levels, with IPV affecting 30% of women globally during their lifetime (García-Moreno et al., 2013). The national prevalence of IPV across England and Wales (Crime Survey of England and Wales 2013/14) was at 28.3%, equating to an estimated 4.6 million female victims (Office for National Statistics, 2015); a value equivalent to the global estimates. Whilst IPV lethality risk studies have focused on a range of offender traits, an area of offender behaviour absent from IPV research has been deliberate firesetting or arson. Whilst absent from IPV studies, it is an area of offender behaviour that is not understood in all contexts (Horley & Bowlby, 2011).The main aims of the study are to research and understand deliberate firesetting in the context of intimate partner violence by male offenders against female victims, as outlined in the title ‘Affliction of aggression and violence through fire.’The objectives of this research are to contribute to the criminological and forensic understanding of intimate partner violence on a composite level, with the inclusion of deliberate firesetting. The research results will highlight development of offender behaviour over a temporal period, and generate an evolved understanding of aggression and violence within IPV incidents through:
Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be employed to address the research questions and objectives. Multiple methods will allow the different research objectives and questions to be fully explored.