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NCJ Number: 130043 Find in a Library
Title: Gender and Homicide: A Comparison of Men and Women Who Kill
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:5  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1990)  Pages:227-242
Author(s): N C Jurik; R Winn
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 16
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Court records of 158 homicides committed by men and women in Phoenix over a 6-year period were examined to assess the image of women's violence as a defensive reaction. The homicides were analyzed along five dimensions including offender background, location of the homicide, victim's relationship with offender, situational dynamics, and method or style of homicide.
Abstract: The study evaluates three schools of thought on the role of gender in homicide. Classical theory holds that men and women kill in ways that reflect socially approved gender role behavior, self-protection models hold that women kill most often in response to male violence, while liberation theory suggests that patterns of female-committed homicides will increasingly resemble patterns of male violence. This study supports the gender role and self-protection models as women more frequently kill intimates and kill in situations in which they are physically threatened by their victim. 7 tables and 50 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Homicide trends; Male female offender comparisons
Index Term(s): Arizona; Female crime patterns; Self defense; Victim-offender relationships
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