The Domestic Violence Experiences of Women on Probation

Jean Daughterty, Sponsors Inc.
Angela M. Moe, Western Michigan University
Rachel Bridges Whaley, Western Michigan University
J. Mark Eddy, Oregon Social Learning Center

The context of women's offending has been the focus of recent research. Emerging from this body of work is a connection between victimization and criminal offending. About 170 women on probation completed a one-page anonymous questionnaire examining prior experiences of partner violence. In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with 14 of these women. Through quantitative and qualitative analysis, several notable themes emerged regarding the women's histories of child victimization, partner abuse, substance abuse, coercion into crime, and a lack of support services. While the study was not intended to uncover the causes of criminal offending, results indicate that partner violence may play an important role in the contexts of women's criminality.

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Updated 05/20/2006