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NCJ Number: 126959 Find in a Library
Title: Victim-Offender Relationship in Family Violence (From The Victimology Handbook: Research Findings, Treatment, and Public Policy, P 107-111, 1990, Emilio Viano, ed. -- See NCJ-126951)
Author(s): R S Jain
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Garland Publishing, Inc.
New York, NY 10003-3304
Sale Source: Garland Publishing, Inc.
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study of 50 male and 50 female family offenders in India examines the dynamics of the victim-offender relationship in family violence.
Abstract: The highest frequency of violent crimes in families was found in victim-offender relationships that were intimate and personal. Usually the victim and offender had experienced a long period of strained relations in which they had attempted to adjust to one another but without success. The killing usually occurred when a particular interaction fueled extreme anger. Extramarital relations, sexual promiscuity, faithlessness, or sexual perversion were some of the causes of conflict in victim-offender relationships. Other reasons for domestic conflict included money shortages, disagreements over how to spend money, drinking or gambling, and maladjusted mother-son relationships. Property disputes between brothers often contributed to violence, and mother-in-law and daughter-in-law conflicts resulted in violence. Overall, family structure that does not permit escape from unresolved intense family conflict places the involved family members at high risk of being the perpetrator or victim of violence. 1 table and 3-item bibliography
Main Term(s): Victim-offender relationships
Index Term(s): India
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