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The Violent Victimization of Women: An Overview of Legal, Empirical, and Measurement Issues

Michelle L. Meloy and Susan L. Miller

in The Victimization of Women

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199765102
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765102.003.0011
The Violent Victimization of Women: An Overview of Legal, Empirical, and Measurement Issues

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Legal remedies in addition to efforts at education, prevention, and direct intervention have painstakingly become a reality in a society slow to acknowledge violence against women. Yet intimate-partner violence remains a fact of life for far too many women. Not all violent relationships escalate to a murderous situation, but approximately 33% of all murdered women are killed by their husband or partner. In comparison, only 3% of all murdered men are killed by an intimate partner. Furthermore, of all the cases identified as intimate-partner homicide, three out of every four victims was a female. This chapter provides an historical overview and critique of the research on crimes of sexual and interpersonal violence committed against women: sexual assault, battering, and stalking. The findings from empirical studies presented in this chapter assist with the debunking of claims and myths about victimization.

Keywords: crimes; violence against women; victimization; criminal justice; intepersonal violence; sexual assault; battering; stalking

Chapter.  13929 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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