Risk factors in arrest of rural and urban female victims of intimate partner violence

Kellie Rose Lynch, T. K. Logan

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This study used a sample of women who obtained protective orders (N 5 709) from urban and rural communities and identified risk factors in arrest for victims of intimate partner violence 12 months after the protective order was obtained. Lower social support, higher loneliness, living in a rural community, substance abuse/dependency, a history of prior arrest, engaging in illegal behavior, and younger age were all identified as significant predictors of arrest at follow-up. The findings highlight the need for support and resources in vulnerable populations to reduce the risk of offending and recidivism. Implications for reentry programs and services for victimized women at risk are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-501
Number of pages14
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015

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  • Female offending
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Risk factors
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law


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