This comprehensive text provides an overview of the relationship between violence, gender, crime, and justice. It brings together theory with contemporary cases to enable the reader to understand key concepts, issues, and connections. Enlightening and accessible, the book examines the experiences and treatment of men and women both as victims and criminals.
Chapter 3: Intimacy, Secrets and Statistics
Chapter 3 reviews the actual data on violent and sexual crime. It looks in detail at the empirical evidence, extricating details about both victims and offenders and critically assessing the relationship between victim and offender in violent, sexual crimes. It draws on local and national crime/victimisation surveys and compares the UK data to that available internationally in order to establish the predominant patterns for crimes of violence and sexual offending. More than anything, it seeks to reveal the nature of the relationship between victim and offender that is so often characterised by intimacy in such crime but most frequently publicised as anything other than intimate.
The chapter explores the main sources of information about gendered violence before examining difficulties ...