Impact of partner violence on female delinquency

Luz Adriana Aristizábal Becerra, Jenny Cubells Serra

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In recent decades there has been an increase of criminal behavior by women, which is due to social rather than individual change. Feminist analysis points to the existence of an androcentric and patriarchal order, which through the practices of subjectification, builds the identity of the subjects. These practices have been shaped by close affective bonds, including couple bounds, who in turn have constructed them as criminals. Ninety-four women were interviewed in six prisons in four countries. Their life stories were analyzed through Atlas.ti. Affective bonds with the partner and gender violence are the two main categories of analysis. It was found that the affective bonds with the partner that included violent behavior can be a factor leading these women towards crime. The findings suggest that the women were imprisoned, before entering prison, in violent relationships that held them, configuring their subjectivity. The violent partner bonds and female delinquency associated with them are the product of a patriarchal society that does not see a difference between being a victim or being criminal.

Original languageEnglish
Article number32
JournalSocial Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 24 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Affective bonds
  • Crime
  • Female delinquency
  • Gender violence
  • Jail
  • Women


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