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NCJ Number: 228021 Find in a Library
Title: Women, Drug Use and Crime: Findings From the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia Program
Author(s): Wendy Loxley; Kerryn Adams
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 56
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 978 1 921532 12 2
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This report presents the findings from women participants in the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program and the Drug Use Careers of Offenders study investigating the relationship between drug use and crime, highlighting gender differences.
Abstract: This report found differences in drug between male and female detainees and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous female detainees. Highlights of findings include: (1) female police detainees were more socially and occupationally disadvantaged than male detainees and considerably more in the general community; (2) female detainees were more likely than male detainees to have a property offense as their most serious offense and less likely than women prisoners in the Drug Use Careers of Offenders (DUCO) study to have a violent offense; (3) women and men in the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program had different rates of alcohol and other drug use, with women favoring drugs such as amphetamine/methamphetamine, heroin, benzodiazepines, street methadone, and morphine and more likely than men to have injected them in the previous year; (4) alcohol was associated with violent offending in women, yet, not to the same extent as men; (5) women were more likely than the men to attribute their crime to their illicit drug use; (6) Indigenous women were more likely than non-Indigenous women to be involved in violent offending and less likely to be involved in drug crime; (7) female police detainees were significantly more likely than male detainees to report both current and prior involvement in a drug or alcohol treatment program; and (8) mental health problems were more often related to drug use than to contact with the criminal justice system. Though understanding of women's offending has improved, few in-depth studies have been conducted monitoring or examining crime and drug use by women in Australia. Using data from the DUMA program and DUCO study, this report sought to investigate the relationship between drug use and crime, illuminating gender differences among police detainees (DUMA), prisoners (DUCO), and the Australian population (the National Drug Strategy Household Survey and census data). Tables, figures, glossary, and references
Main Term(s): Female offenders
Index Term(s): Australia; Comparative analysis; Drug abuse; Drug law offenses; Drug offenders; Drug use; Female inmates; Gender issues; Male female offender comparisons
Note: AIC Reports: Research and Public Policy Series 99.
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