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An exploration of the violent victim experiences of female offenders.
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PMID:  8292564     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Female offenders are often portrayed as victims of violence, yet few studies have systematically examined such victimization. Violent experiences may both contribute to, and result from, crime--early family abuse may help propel a young woman into crime, and a criminal lifestyle may increase her risk of assault by strangers and intimate partners. Using data from 83 inmates, this study examined violent childhood and adult experiences, and explored possible linkages between victimization and offending. Although many women reported violent experiences, most striking was the high rate of assault by intimate partners. Early physical abuse was associated with earlier entry into crime, and with more diverse criminal activity. Attacks by strangers were more often reported by women who engaged in more frequent and diverse criminal activity. The data suggest that in order to understand female crime, additional research on the complex relationships between offending and victimization is warranted.
E S Lake
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Violence and victims     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0886-6708     ISO Abbreviation:  Violence Vict     Publication Date:  1993  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-02-25     Completed Date:  1994-02-25     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8916436     Medline TA:  Violence Vict     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  41-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Mississippi.
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MeSH Terms
Child Abuse / psychology
Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
Middle Aged
Personality Development*
Prisoners / psychology*
Rape / psychology
Risk Factors
Spouse Abuse / psychology
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