Portrayal of Women as Intimate Partner Domestic Violence Perpetrators

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The article explores some of the ways heterosexual women are portrayed as perpetrators of intimate partner domestic violence (IPV) in police domestic violence records in England and is the first study in the United Kingdom to examine the issue of gender and domestic violence perpetrators in any detail and over time. The article is based on a study of 128 IPV cases tracked longitudinally over 6 years, including 32 cases where women were the sole perpetrators and a further 32 cases where women were “dual” perpetrators alongside men. Women were 3 times more likely than men to be arrested when they were construed as the perpetrator. However, Pence and Dasgupta’s category of “pathological violence” appeared more useful as an analytical category in the construction of women as “perpetrators” and men as “victims” than the notion of “battering.”
Translated title of the contributionPortrayal of women as IPV perpetrators
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1067 – 1082
Number of pages16
JournalViolence against Women
Issue number9
Early online date20 Sep 2012
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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Publisher: Thousand Oaks: Sage


  • criminal justice, domestic abuse, female perpetrators, intimate partner violence

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