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‘A Shocking State of Domestic Unhappiness’: Male Victims of Female Violence and the Courts in Late Nineteenth Century Stafford

Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DF, UK
Societies 2019, 9(2), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9020040
Received: 27 March 2019 / Revised: 12 May 2019 / Accepted: 16 May 2019 / Published: 22 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Access to Justice: Historical Approaches to Victims of Crime)
Instances where men were the victims of female violence in the past are very difficult to explore, especially when the violence took place in a domestic setting. There is now a notable body of work on violence in the nineteenth century but none that looks specifically at male victims of violence where there was a female perpetrator, and their treatment by the courts. This article goes some way in filling that gap by using data collected in researching female offenders at the end of the nineteenth century in Stafford. It argues that, as with violence where there was a female victim and female perpetrator, the courts and the press were similarly unconcerned and somewhat dismissive of female violence towards men in a domestic setting, thus being unsympathetic towards male victims of female violence. View Full-Text
Keywords: female violence; petty sessions; male victims; domestic violence female violence; petty sessions; male victims; domestic violence
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Turner, J. ‘A Shocking State of Domestic Unhappiness’: Male Victims of Female Violence and the Courts in Late Nineteenth Century Stafford. Societies 2019, 9, 40.

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