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NCJ Number: 220719 Find in a Library
Title: Violence Against Girls Provokes Girls' Violence: From Private Injury to Public Harm
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:13  Issue:12  Dated:December 2007  Pages:1229-1248
Author(s): Laurie Schaffner
Date Published: December 2007
Page Count: 20
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the relationship between young women adjudicated delinquent in juvenile court who reported suffering inordinate amounts of emotional, physical, and sexual trauma in childhood and adolescence and adolescent girls’ arrests for violent crimes.
Abstract: When researching court-involved girls’ accounts, it is seen how their private anguish affects the public. In their families, friendships, neighborhoods, and schools, young women were provoked to astonishing levels of aggressive assaults. Their injuries were connected to their sexual misconduct as well. Young women who were sexually exploited and witnessed violence in their daily lives came to the attention of juvenile correctional systems with psychiatric diagnoses of “oppositional defiant conduct disorders” and probation conditions regarding “disorderly conduct.” Girls’ involvement in juvenile corrections resulted from interplay between these forces and others, mediated by a less protective culture and more punitive social stance. The study raises important questions for further research about the relationship between violence and female offending. Drawing from a larger study of court-involved girls conducted between 1994 and 2004, interviews were gathered from girls who were being adjudicated delinquent in the juvenile legal system in 22 facilities across the United States. After a brief literature review on child abuse and violence in the lives of youth, the study proceeds to highlight two different contexts where girls’ violence led them to come into the juvenile legal system: lesbian battery and fighting back from sexual harassment. The study then presents a discussion of how witnessing violence is learning violence. References
Main Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Child abuse as crime factor; Child abuse as delinquency factor; Female crime patterns; Female offenders; Female victims; Psychological victimization effects; Violence causes; Violence prediction; Violent females; Violent women
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