skip navigation

Justinfo Subscribe to Stay Informed

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


NCJRS Abstract


Subscribe to Stay Informed
Want to be in the know? JUSTINFO is a biweekly e-newsletter containing information about new publications, events, training, funding opportunities, and Web-based resources available from the NCJRS Federal sponsors. Sign up to get JUSTINFO in your inbox.

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection.
To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

How to Obtain Documents
NCJ Number: NCJ 174050     Find in a Library
Title: Disentangling the Effects of Gender and Intimacy on Victim Precipitation in Homicide
Author(s): R B Felson ; S F Messner
  Journal: Criminology  Volume:36  Issue:2  Dated:May 1998  Pages:405 to 423
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 19
  Annotation: Because research indicates that incidents in which women kill their husbands are more likely to involve victim precipitation than incidents in which men kill their wives, a framework for disentangling the effects of intimacy and gender on violence is introduced that examines additive and multiplicative effects of offender and victim gender and the relationship between the offender and the victim on victim precipitation.
Abstract: The study of homicide and other violent behavior is becoming increasingly specialized, and researchers have focused on such topics as spousal homicide, child abuse, and violence between strangers. The authors believe, however, that a narrow focus on specific forms of violence may inhibit the formulation of general theories of interpersonal violence. They propose formal models of the effects of gender and intimacy on homicide. For the most part, evidence supports the Gender Differences Model over other models. The probability of victim physical attack can be predicted simply on the basis of main effects of offender and victim gender, and the relationship between the victim and the offender is irrelevant. The tendency for women to kill their partners in response to an immediate violent provocation reflects the fact that they are women and their partners are men, and that men are more violent than women. The authors conclude important differences in patterns of homicide involving female and male partners reflect the powerful relationship between gender and violence. Appendixes contain additional data on the study of the effects of gender and intimacy. 28 references and 5 tables
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Female offenders ; Homicide ; Male offenders ; Violent offenders ; Violent women ; Male female offender comparisons ; Criminal justice research ; Female victims ; Violence causes ; Homicide victims ; Victims of violence ; Gender issues ; Violent men ; Male victims
Country: United States of America
Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

* A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's web site is provided.