The higher self, being an aspect of all previous lives as well as the current life, is undoubtedly familiar with crimes of passion, violence, self defense, and so forth.
Karma, having to do with the next life, might kick you in the pants. One won't know this until the next life.
On the other hand, the reasons to inflict this sort of thing are usually petty, irrational, or ill-conceived. Especially if one wishes to reverse it.