Gender comparison of young people charged with murder in England and Wales

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Gerard, F.Jeane ; Browne, Kevin D. ; Whitfield, Kate (2015)

This study investigated gender differences regarding young people charged with murder in England and Wales. A sample of 318 cases were collected from the Home Office’s Homicide Index and analysed. Of these cases, 93% of the offenders were male and 7% female. The analyses explored gender differences in terms of the offender’s race, offender’s age, victim’s age, victim’s gender, weapon used, offender-victim relationship, and circumstances of the offence. The study found that a female offender was significantly more likely to murder a family member than a male offender, and a male offender was significantly more likely to murder a stranger than a female offender. In addition, a female offender was significantly more likely to murder a victim below the age of 5 than a male offender. Implications for interventions with young people who are charged with murder are discussed.
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