Comment 116219

By Crispy (registered) | Posted January 25, 2016 at 14:52:38

Brown (2004) studied differences in responses by the criminal justice system to assaults committed by males and females equated for severity. In cases where only the male partner was injured, the female was charged in 60.2% of the cases, however, when the female partner was injured, the male was charged 91.1% of the time. In no-injury cases, the male was charged 52.5% of the time, the female 13.2% of the time. Brown (2004) also found that women were more likely to have used weapons and caused injuries and also to have received more serious charges (more than twice as likely to be charged with aggravated assault or assault with a weapon), and that those who were prosecuted tended to have inflicted higher levels of injury against their victim than prosecuted men and, as with arrested women, were more likely than men to have used weapons. In severe injury cases, 71.4% of men and 22.2% of women were found guilty. The low percentage of women found guilty was due to “witness problems” (few men being willing to testify). More than half the male victims refused to testify, and female perpetrators of severe injuries had charges withdrawn 77.8% of the time. This pattern was reversed for woman victims; the more seriously injured, the more likely they were to testify. Brown (2004) commented that “All of the evidence indicates that abused men fit the theory of the “battered woman” better than abused women do” (p. 65).

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