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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(2), 32;

Impact of Partner Violence on Female Delinquency

Departamento Psicología Social, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
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Received: 28 November 2018 / Revised: 18 January 2019 / Accepted: 22 January 2019 / Published: 24 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice)
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In recent decades there has been an increase of criminal behavior by women, which is due to social rather than individual change. Feminist analysis points to the existence of an androcentric and patriarchal order, which through the practices of subjectification, builds the identity of the subjects. These practices have been shaped by close affective bonds, including couple bounds, who in turn have constructed them as criminals. Ninety-four women were interviewed in six prisons in four countries. Their life stories were analyzed through Atlas.ti. Affective bonds with the partner and gender violence are the two main categories of analysis. It was found that the affective bonds with the partner that included violent behavior can be a factor leading these women towards crime. The findings suggest that the women were imprisoned, before entering prison, in violent relationships that held them, configuring their subjectivity. The violent partner bonds and female delinquency associated with them are the product of a patriarchal society that does not see a difference between being a victim or being criminal. View Full-Text
Keywords: female delinquency; jail; women; crime; gender violence; affective bonds female delinquency; jail; women; crime; gender violence; affective bonds
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Aristizábal Becerra, L.A.; Cubells Serra, J. Impact of Partner Violence on Female Delinquency. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 32.

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