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NCJ Number: 31004 Find in a Library
Title: FEMALE HOMICIDE VICTIM
Journal: CRIMINOLOGY  Volume:13  Issue:3  Dated:(NOVEMBER 1975)  Pages:400-415
Author(s): M A ZAHN
Corporate Author: American Society of Criminology
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: American Society of Criminology
Irvine, CA 92664
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY EXAMINES DIFFERENCES AMONG DRUG-USING AND NON-DRUG-USING FEMALE VICTIMS IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THEIR HOMICIDE TO DETERMINE THE RELATIONSHIP OF DRUG USE AND THE FEMALE ROLE TO HOMICIDE DEATHS.
Abstract: TWO CONTRASTING HYPOTHESES WERE EXAMINED: 1) THAT FEMALES WHO ARE DRUG USERS SHOULD HAVE GREATER RISKS OF BEING KILLED THAN NON-DRUG-USERS, AND THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THEIR DEATHS WOULD REFLECT THIS PARTICIPATION, AND 2) THAT THE FEMALE ROLE WILL BE THE DOMINANT FACTOR IN DETERMINING FEMALE PATTERNS OF HOMICIDE, AND THEREFORE NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES WOULD BE FOUND IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH AMONG DRUG-USING AND NON-DRUG-USING FEMALES. DATA WERE DRAWN FROM THE RECORDS OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER IN PHILADELPHIA. RECORDS OF ALL ILLEGAL DRUG USING HOMICIDE VICTIMS WERE COMPARED WITH A RANDOM SAMPLE OF NON-DRUG-USING VICTIMS. DATA WAS COLLECTED ON THE PLACE OF DEATH, IMPLEMENT USED TO KILL, THE ASSAILANT, THE REASON FOR DEATH, AND THE INCIDENT PRECIPITATING THE DEATH. DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF VICTIMS WERE ALSO DETERMINED. THE AUTHOR STATES THAT BOTH HYPOTHESES RECEIVED SUPPORT AS A RESULT OF THE DATA. IT IS CONCLUDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE IMPORTANCE OF THESE FINDINGS CAN ONLY BE ASSESSED WHEN MORE IS KNOWN ABOUT HOW SEX ROLE CONSTELLATIONS WORK IN DRUG-USING GROUPS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Criminal histories; Demography; Drug abuse; Drug offenders; Drug Related Crime; Drug use; Female victims; Females; Homicide; Homicide victims; Victim crime precipitation; Victimization models; Victimology
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