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​Who does what to whom? Gender and domestic violence perpetrators in English police records

AuthorHester, Marianne
Title Who does what to whom? Gender and domestic violence perpetrators in English police records
Source European Journal of Criminology, September 2013, Vol. 10, No.5, pp 623-637
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary This study examines patterns of domestic violence perpetration by tracking and analysing 96 cases recorded by police in England over a six year period. Within the 96 cases there were 64 male and 64 female perpetrators involved in 581 domestic violence incidents. A number of differences by gender were found relating to the nature if incidents, levels of repeat perpetration, arrest and conviction. Men were significantly more likely to be repeat perpetrators and severity of violence and abusive behaviours from men was more extreme. Most of the female sole perpetrators (78%) had only one incident recorded compared to 78% of male perpetrators that had between one and 24 incidents recorded. Incidents where women were recorded as perpetrators mainly involved verbal abuse, some physical violence and threats and harassment. However women were more likely than men to use a weapon. Men were significantly more likely to use physical violence, threats and harassment. Although there were overall more arrests for men than women, there was a disproportionate number of arrests for women. Case where both partners were recorded as perpetrator were varied and more likely to involve post-separation violence and also alcohol. The author concludes by emphasising the importance of using a gender-sensitive analysis to heterosexual domestic violence and the importance for police to identify a primary aggressor using a gender-sensitive approach.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; perpetrators; gender; longitudinal; England
Topic Male victims; Domestic violence