Gender comparison of young people charged with murder in England and Wales

Gerard, J., Browne, K. and Whitfield, K. 2015. Gender comparison of young people charged with murder in England and Wales. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 61 (4), pp. 413-429. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X15596387

TitleGender comparison of young people charged with murder in England and Wales
TypeJournal article
AuthorsGerard, J., Browne, K. and Whitfield, K.
Abstract

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.

Keywordsjuvenile homicide, juvenile offenders, gender differences
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Journal citation61 (4), pp. 413-429
ISSN0306-624X
Year2015
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X15596387
Publication dates
Published18 Jul 2015

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