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NCJ Number: 163229 Find in a Library
Title: Comparative Analysis of Incarcerated Battered Women and a Community Sample of Battered Women (From Helping Battered Women: New Perspectives and Remedies, P 31-43, 1996, Albert R. Roberts, ed. -- See NCJ-163226)
Author(s): A R Roberts
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Oxford University Press, Inc
New York, NY 10016
Sale Source: Oxford University Press, Inc
198 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined similarities and differences between a group of battered women who killed their partners and a community group of battered women who had not killed their partners, based on in-depth interviews with currently and formerly battered women.
Abstract: The study sample came from three sources: Edna Mahon Correctional Institution for Women in Clinton, New Jersey (105 women); two suburban New Jersey police departments (50 women); and two battered women's shelters in New Jersey (55 women). Women in the prison sample had been convicted of killing their partners and were serving sentences ranging from 3 years to life. The majority of incarcerated women had been convicted of second degree murder or manslaughter. Most battered women who killed their abusive partners were much more likely than the nonhomicidal group to have dropped out of high school, to have an erratic work history of one or two unskilled jobs, to be cohabitating with their partners, to have drug problems, to have attempted suicide by overdosing on drugs, to have received emergency medical treatment for battering-related injuries, and to have had access to the batterer's guns. In contrast to the homicidal group, battered women in the community sample were much less likely to be alcoholics or drug addicts, have experienced alcohol-related blackouts, have received psychiatric treatment, have attempted suicide, and have access to a gun. Findings support the idea that once a battered woman receives a death threat and fails to "drown her sorrows" in alcohol or drugs and to commit suicide, she is likely to try to kill her batterer. 23 references and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Alcohol-crime relationship; Alcohol-Related Offenses; Battered wives; Drug abuse; Drug Related Crime; Female inmates; Female murderers; Male survivors; New Jersey; Suicide; Victims of violent crime; Violent crime statistics; Violent men; Violent women
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