Women’s use of violence

Feminist scholars have conducted extensive research on women’s use of violence as well as women’s victimization. The journal Violence Against Women has been at the forefront of publishing high quality research on this subject.

Violence Against Women has published multiple special issues on women’s use of violence:

Vol. 8 issue 11, 2002

Vol. 8 issue 12, 2002

Vol. 9 issue 1, 2003

Vol. 18 issue 9, 2012

Here are some references on women’s use of violence

 

Allen, C. T., Swan, S. C., & Raghavan, C. (2009). Gender symmetry, sexism, and intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24(11), 1816–1834.

Bible, A., Dasgupta, S. D., & Osthoff, S. (2002). Guest editors’ introduction. Violence Against Women, 8(11), 1267–1270.

Caldwell, J. E., Swan, S. C., Allen, C. T., Sullivan, T. P., & Snow, D. L. (2009). Why I hit him: Women’s reasons for intimate partner violence. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 18(7), 672–697.

Caldwell, J. E., Swan, S. C., & Diane, V. (2012). Gender differences in intimate partner violence outcomes. Psychology of Violence, 2(1), 42–57.

Cook, S. L., & Swan, S. C. (2006). Guest editors’ introduction. Violence Against Women, 12(11), 995–996.

Dasgupta, S. D. (2002). A framework for understanding women’s use of nonlethal violence in intimate heterosexual relationships. Violence Against Women, 8(11), 1364–1389.

Dasgupta, S. D., Osthoff, S., & Bible, A. (2003). Guest editors’ introduction. Violence Against Women, 9(1), 4–9.

Dragiewicz, M. & DeKeseredy, W.S. (2012). Claims about women’s use of non-fatal force in intimate relationships: A contextual review of the Canadian research. Violence Against Women, 18(9), 1008-1026.

Dragiewicz, M., & Lindgren, Y. (2009). The gendered nature of domestic violence: Statistical data for lawyers considering equal protection analysis. American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, 17, 229.

Durfee, A. (2012). Situational ambiguity and gendered patterns of arrest for intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 18(1), 64–84.

Enander, V. (2011). Violent women? The challenge of women’s violence in intimate heterosexual relationships to feminist analyses of partner violence. NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 19(2), 105–123.

Gilbert, P. R. (2002). Discourses of female violence and societal gender stereotypes. Violence Against Women, 8(11), 1271–1300.

Girshick, L. B. (2002). no sugar, no spice reflections on research on woman-to-woman sexual violence. Violence Against Women, 8(12), 1500–1520.

Gondolf, E. W. (2012). Physical tactics of female partners against male batterer program participants. Violence Against Women, 18(9), 1027–1044.

Hamberger, L. K., & Guse, C. E. (2002). Men’s and women’s use of intimate partner violence in clinical samples. Violence Against Women, 8(11), 1301–1331.

Hester, M. (2012). Portrayal of women as intimate partner domestic violence perpetrators. Violence Against Women, 18(9), 1067–1082.

Hirschel, D., & Buzawa, E. (2002). Understanding the context of dual arrest with directions for future research. Violence Against Women, 8(12), 1449–1473.

Houry, D., Rhodes, K. V., Kemball, R. S., Click, L., Cerulli, C., McNutt, L. A., & Kaslow, N. J. (2008). Differences in female and male victims and perpetrators of partner violence with respect to WEB scores. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(8), 1041–1055.

Kimmel, M. S. (2002). “Gender symmetry” in domestic violence a substantive and methodological research review. Violence Against Women, 8(11), 1332–1363.

Larance, L. Y. (2006). Serving women who use force in their intimate heterosexual relationships: An extended view. Violence Against Women, 12(7), 622–640.

Larance, L. Y., & Dasgupta, S. D. (2012). Guest editors’ introduction. Violence Against Women, 18(9), 1004–1007.

McCloskey, K. A. (2007). Are half of all IPV perpetrators women? Putting context back into the intimate partner violence research field. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 15(3-4), 7–25.

McMahon, M., & Pence, E. (2003). Making social change reflections on individual and institutional advocacy with women arrested for domestic violence. Violence Against Women, 9(1), 47–74.

Mikel Brown, L., Chesney-Lind, M., & Stein, N. (2007). Patriarchy matters: Toward a gendered theory of teen violence and victimization. Violence Against Women, 13(12), 1249–1273.

Miller, S. (2005). Victims as offenders: the paradox of women’s violence in relationships. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Miller, S. L., & Meloy, M. L. (2006). Women’s use of force voices of women arrested for domestic violence. Violence Against Women, 12(1), 89–115.

Osthoff, S. (2002). But, Gertrude, I beg to differ, a hit is not a hit is not a hit when battered women are arrested for assaulting their partners. Violence Against Women, 8(12), 1521–1544.

Osthoff, S., Dasgupta, S. D., & Bible, A. (2002). Guest editors’ introduction. Violence Against Women, 8(12), 1420–1423.

Perilla, J. L., Frndak, K., Lillard, D., & East, C. (2003). A working analysis of women’s use of violence in the context of learning, opportunity, and choice. Violence Against Women, 9(1), 10–46.

Renzetti, C.M. (2006). Commentary on Swan and Snow’s “The development of a theory of women’s use of violence in intimate relationships.” Violence Against Women, 12(11), 1046–1049.Renzetti, C. M. (2002). Editor’s Note. Violence Against Women, 8(12), 1419–1419.

Roy, D. (2012). South Asian battered women’s use of force against intimate male partners a practice note. Violence Against Women, 18(9), 1108–1118.

Seamans, C. L., Rubin, L. J., & Stabb, S. D. (2007). Women domestic violence offenders: Lessons of violence and survival. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 8(2), 47–68.

Simkins, S., & Katz, S. (2002). Criminalizing abused girls. Violence Against Women, 8(12), 1474–1499.

Stuart, G. L., Moore, T. M., Hellmuth, J. C., Ramsey, S. E., & Kahler, C. W. (2006). Reasons for intimate partner violence perpetration among arrested women. Violence Against Women, 12(7), 609–621.

Sullivan, T. P., Meese, K. J., Swan, S. C., Mazure, C. M., & Snow, D. L. (2005). Precursors and correlates of women’s violence: child abuse traumatization, victimization of women, avoidance coping, and psychological symptoms. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 29(3), 290–301.

Swan, S. C., Gambone, L. J., Van Horn, M. L., Snow, D. L., & Sullivan, T. P. (2012). Factor structures for aggression and victimization among women who used aggression against male partners. Violence Against Women, 18(9): 1045-1066.

Swan, S. C., Gambone, L. J., Caldwell, J. E., Sullivan, T. P., & Snow, D. L. (2008). A review of research on women’s use of violence with male intimate partners. Violence and Victims, 23(3), 301–314.

Swan, S. C., Gambone, L. J., Fields, A. M., Sullivan, T. P., & Snow, D. L. (2005). Women who use violence in intimate relationships: the role of anger, victimization, and symptoms of posttraumatic stress and depression. Violence and Victims, 20(3), 267–285.

Swan, S. C., & Snow, D. L. (2002). A typology of women’s use of violence in intimate relationships. Violence Against Women, 8(3), 286–319.

Swan, S. C., & Snow, D. L. (2003). Behavioral and psychological differences among abused women who use violence in intimate relationships. Violence Against Women, 9(1), 75–109.

Swan, S. C., & Snow, D. L. (2006). The development of a theory of women’s use of violence in intimate relationships. Violence Against Women, 12(11), 1026–1045.

Swan, S. C., & Sullivan, T. P. (2008). The resource utilization of women who use violence in intimate relationships. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24(6), 940–958.

Tjaden, P., & Thoennes, N. (2000). Prevalence and consequences of male-to female and female-to male partner violence as measured by the national violence against women survey. Violence Against Women, 6(2), 118–41.

White, J. W., & Kowalski, R. M. (1994). Deconstructing the myth of the nonaggressive woman. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 18(4), 487.

Worcester, N. (2002). Women’s use of force complexities and challenges of taking the issue seriously. Violence Against Women, 8(11), 1390–1415.

 

List updated November 2012 by Dr. Molly Dragiewicz www.mollydragiewicz.com