Violent women: findings from the Texas women inmates study

J Interpers Violence. 2006 Apr;21(4):485-502. doi: 10.1177/0886260505285722.


Prior research on violent crime by female offenders is reviewed. A Texas female prisoner sample is used to explore specific questions raised by the literature review. Violent and nonviolent offenders were compared, looking specifically at race, socioeconomic status, having been raised in single-parent homes, criminal history, gang membership, marital status, and childhood abuse. Findings indicated that women who are violent were more likely to be younger, African American, unemployed, and having extensive criminal histories. They were more likely to come from dysfunctional families with childhood abuse. Limitations of the study were noted.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Prisoners / psychology
  • Prisoners / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prisons*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Texas
  • Violence / psychology
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data*