Female Perpetrated Homicide: How Abuse and Deprivation Shape Women's Likelihood to Become Murderers

Monica Solinas, University of Pittsburgh

This research focuses upon women who are incarcerated for having committed homicide and whether their lives prior to incarceration differ by experience of abuse and demographic characteristics. Multivariate statistical analysis of the data set "Survey of Inmates of US Federal and State Correctional Facilities, 1997" will be applied in order to explore how women incarcerated for killing an intimate partner differ from the other women incarcerated for homicide in their pre-prison experiences and demographic characteristics. More specifically I apply the theoretical framework of the gender entrapment thesis to motivate and interpret a quantitative investigation of how women's pathways to prison are often shaped by what they experienced and suffered in the outside world. The gender entrapment model shows that women incarcerated for the homicide of an intimate differ from the other women in the homicide group in their pre-prison experiences of abuse, their socio-economic backgrounds, and demographic characteristics.

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