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Criminal Definitions
Criminal Definitions

Parent’s failure to provide any financial assistance to or communicate with his or her child over a period of time. When this happens, a court may deem the child abandoned by that parent and order that person's parental rights terminated. Abandonment also describes situations in which a child is physically abandoned -- for example, left on a doorstep, delivered to a hospital or put in a trashcan. Physically abandoned children are usually placed in orphanages and made available for adoption.

Filicide is the deliberate act of a parent killing his or her own son or daughter. The term can also be applied to the parent who has committed such an act.

Femicide is the systematic killing of women for various reasons, usually cultural. Femicide is seen as a gender crime

Suicide is the act of terminating one's own life

Homicide is killing of one human being by the act or omission of another. The term applies to all such killings, whether criminal or not

Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group

Murder: common law murder is defined as the: 1. unlawful 2. killing 3. of another human person 4. with a state of mind known as "malice aforethought."



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