Does the criminal justice system treat domestic violence and sexual assault offenders leniently?

Richard B. Felson, Paul Philippe Pare

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Abstract

We examine whether men who physically assault their female partners or who commit sexual assault receive more lenient treatment than offenders who commit other types of assaults. Analyses of the National Violence Against Women Survey do not support these hypotheses. Rather, they suggest that women who assault their male partners are particularly likely to avoid arrest. In addition, both men and women who assault partners are more likely to avoid conviction than other offenders. Evidence suggests that there has been an increase over time in rates of arrest and conviction for partner violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-459
Number of pages25
JournalJustice Quarterly
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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