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The Cycle of Violence: Abused and Neglected Girls to Adult Female Offenders

NCJ Number
305061
Journal
Feminist Criminology Volume: 16 Issue: 3 Dated: 2021 Pages: 266-285
Author(s)
C. S. Widom ; M. Osborn
Date Published
2021
Length
20 pages
Annotation

Drawing on findings from a prospective cohort design study that followed abused and neglected children and demographically matched controls into adulthood, this paper focuses on these abused and neglected girls and one important consequence—the extent to which these victims become offenders themselves.

Abstract

We ask four questions: Is criminal behavior among abused and neglected girls and women rare? Are abused and neglected girls at increased risk for becoming violent offenders? Does childhood maltreatment affect criminal career trajectories for girls? Do maltreated girls grow up to maltreat their own children? We conclude with discussion, suggestions for future research, and implications. (Publisher abstract provided)

 

Date Published: January 1, 2021