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Exploring the Effect of Resource Availability and the Likelihood of Female-Perpetrated Homicides

Angela Browne and Kirk R. Williams
Law & Society Review
Vol. 23, No. 1 (1989), pp. 75-94
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Law and Society Association
DOI: 10.2307/3053881
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3053881
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

The research presented here examines the effect of legal and extralegal resources on the likelihood of female-perpetrated homicides. It looks at the relationship between gender-specific rates of partner homicide in the United States for 1976-79 and 1980-84, and the availability of legal and extralegal resources for abused women, using states as the unit of analysis. Results indicate that the availability of such resources is associated with a decline in the rates of female-, but not male-, perpetrated homicides in 1980-84, compared to the 1976-79 time period. These findings suggest that legal and extralegal interventions can provide nonviolent alternatives for victims of male partner abuse.

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