The project aims at analysis of the complex issue of family homicide and domestic violence within the framework of domestic (private) violence and public violence phenomena in Modern Russia. It will formulate and explore concepts and epistemological models of how and why different types of family homicide (spousal murder, infanticide, child murder, parricide etc.) and domestic violence (battering, denial of marital support, deprivation of food, imprisonment, etc.) were subjected to a wide range of control, criminalization and punishments through the course of the development of Russian state. It will also show the differing reasons and factors that created such situations to provide answers to such questions as "is the character of domestic violence unchanging?" and "is domestic violence intrinsic to modern society?"