The characteristics and violence risk management of women arrested by the police for intimate partner violence

Jennifer Storey, Susanne Strand

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Research and management efforts in the area of intimate partner violence (IPV) have primarily focused on male perpetrators and female victims, resulting in more limited knowledge of female IPV perpetrators and their male victims. In the current study the violence risk assessments of police officers were examined in order to outline the characteristics of female perpetrators of IPV and their male victims. In addition, the officers’ assessments of violence risk and proposed risk management strategies are presented. Results reveal some similarities between the female perpetrators and male victims and their more studied counterparts. However, differences appear to be present in the perceived violence risk posed by the perpetrators and the violence risk management strategies proposed to reduce that risk and protect the victim. The results suggest a need for further research in the area, particularly with respect to the violence risk assessment and management of female IPV perpetrators.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636-651
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012


  • Female perpetrators
  • gender
  • intimate partner violence
  • violence risk management

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