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When Victims Become Offenders—In Search of Coherence in Policy and Practice  

Author:  Judith Rumgay, Ph.D..

Source: Volume 03, Number 01, Summer 2010 , pp.47-64(18)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Women offenders often have histories of prior victimization. This includes childhood abuse, partner violence, and victimization that occurred in the context of high-risk social relationships. But the dual identity of women as both victim and perpetrator presents a number of challenges with regard to public policy. How does a society address the need for protecting the public from crime while also acknowledging the perpetrator’s own history of being victimized? This articles summarizes some of the major issues on this topic, while suggesting some important ways to meet both public-safety and rehabilitation goals.


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