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Volatile and violent relationships among women sentenced for homicide in Sweden between 1986 and 2005
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1940-1811
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2016 (English)In: Victims & Offenders, ISSN 1556-4886, E-ISSN 1556-4991, Vol. 11, no 3, 373-391 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Data from Swedish court judgments of all 124 women convicted of homicide during 20 years was analyzed. The typical pattern was an abused woman who kills her intimate partner at home with a knife, often with alcohol involved. A subsample (n = 66) was analyzed qualitatively, with a focus on intimate partner relationships. The findings indicate that female homicides usually take place after a long progression of violence and reflect women’s subordinate gendered position. Situational triggers finally lead up to the killing event. Gender equality and the so-called woman-friendly welfare state in Sweden do not appear to reduce women’s volatility in violent relationships. 

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Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 11, no 3, 373-391 p.
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criminal courts, intimate partner homicide, gender, drugs/alcohol, women as offenders
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Social Work Nursing
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-103767DOI: 10.1080/15564886.2015.1010696OAI: diva2:815314
Available from: 2015-05-29 Created: 2015-05-29 Last updated: 2016-05-27Bibliographically approved

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