How is domestic violence a factor in women turning to crime?

Posted by er134 at Oct 10, 2013 12:40 PM |
Study to investigate why large numbers of female offenders have experienced domestic abuse
How is domestic violence a factor in women turning to crime?

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New research being conducted by PhD research student Joanna Roberts (pictured) from our Department of Criminology aims to reduce criminal activity by female offenders by determining how domestic violence is a factor in women turning to crime.

Joanna’s research will build on findings which estimate that between 50%-80% of women in prison have experienced domestic and/or sexual abuse.

The research will break new ground in a field that has been dominated by studies in the US and which has largely concentrated on the relationship in terms of violent crimes/murder of abuse perpetrators by abuse victims.

Joanna won the Leicester Mercury sponsored media prize at the Festival of Postgraduate Research in June 2013 for a presentation of her work.