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NCJ Number: NCJ 199369     Find in a Library
Title: Understanding the Links Between Violence Against Women and Women's Participation in Illegal Activity, Executive Summary
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Beth E. Richie Ph.D.
Corporate Author: University of Illinois at Chicago
Dept of Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 07/2002
Page Count: 2
  Series: NIJ Research Report
  Annotation: With a focus on women of color from low-income communities who are in conflict with the law, this study explored the relationship between violence against women and women's involvement in illegal activity in 1999.
Abstract: A total of 298 women detained in the Cook County Jail (Chicago, IL) were administered a survey to determine the extent of prior abuse in the inmate population, to identify the nature of the abuse, and to identify women to participate in in-depth, life-history interviews. A significant number of the women had been violently abused by multiple perpetrators; the abuse had serious consequences and in some cases was directly linked to the women's involvement in illegal activity. Thirty-three of these women were recruited to participate in in-depth, life-history interviews. Analysis of the qualitative results showed a clear pattern of the impact of conditions in low-income communities on the violence experienced by the women as they grew up, as well as the link between such abuse and their later criminality. In addition to community conditions, victimization was shaped by racial and gender identity as well as social position. Recommendations pertain to a shift in intervention strategies, policy reform, and further research.
Main Term(s): Victims of violence
Index Term(s): Female offenders ; Economic influences ; Social conditions ; Abused women ; Race-crime relationships ; Gender issues ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 99-WT-VX-0006
Sale Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
Dept of Criminal Justice
Chicago, IL 60607
United States of America

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Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Report (Summary)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: For the final report see NCJ-199370.
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