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.
Much publicity about sex ’n violence relates to cases where a male stranger is the danger, such as the Yorkshire Ripper and Jill Dando's murderer. Alternatively, cases are reported in the media in ways that discursively deflect from or obscure the marital or familial context of gendered crimes, such as news coverage of the West Case (Wykes 1998). Yet, as the last chapter evidenced, most male crime against women and/or children occurs through ‘intimate’ relationships: victims are known to and by offenders, often within families or close communities. This chapter considers the roles of criminology and feminist politics in theorising such gendered crime. It critically assesses the contribution to criminology of feminism, which highlighted women's place in crime (Smart 1976, 1995; Heidensohn ...