|Title||Gender comparison of young people charged with murder in England and Wales|
This study investigated gender differences regarding young people charged with murder in England and Wales. A sample of 318 cases was collected from the Home Office’s Homicide Index and analysed. Of these cases, 93% of the offenders were male and 7% female. The analyses explored gender differences in terms of the offender’s race, offender’s age, victim’s age, victim’s gender, weapon used, offender-victim relationship, and circumstances of the offence. The study found that a female offender was significantly more likely to murder a family member than a male offender; and a male offender was significantly more likely to murder a stranger than a female offender. Additionally, a female offender was significantly more likely to murder a victim under the age of five than a male offender. Implications for interventions with young people who are charged with murder are discussed.
|Keywords||juvenile homicide, juvenile offenders, gender differences|
|Journal||International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology|
|Journal citation||61 (4), pp. 413-429|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X15596387|
|Published||18 Jul 2015|