British Journal of Criminology

Criminalisation not a solution to domestic violence

A special virtual issue of The British Journal of Criminology has grouped together articles spanning more than thirty years of scholarship on domestic violence.

Many of the articles challenge the commonsense assumption that more laws and tougher criminal justice enforcement will have a meaningful impact on rates and levels of domestic violence. Other articles examine criminal justice practice, finding it, in many cases, wanting.

Online abuse of women a form of violence

Online abuse directed at women who debate feminist politics should be treated as a form of violence, claims new research published in The British Journal of Criminology.

The research – by Ruth Lewis, Michael Rowe and Clare Wiper of Northumbria University – found that most of the women they surveyed had 'experienced multiple types of abuse and almost half experienced it as a routine part of their online lives.'

Out now: latest British Journal of Criminology

The latest issue of the British Journal of Criminology includes several articles on the growing field of security studies.

In their introduction, Adam Crawford and Steven Hutchinson observe this paradox: 'security has undoubtedly become one of, if not, the key problematic of our time. Paradoxically... we live in what are possibly the most secure, orderly and civil times in recorded history, particularly in Europe.'

Free to read content in this edition includes:

Police disbelieve victims with mental health problems

More than one third of victims of crime with mental health problems experienced negative reactions from police officers when they disclosed their condition, according to new research (£) published in the latest issue of Centre's academic journal, The British Journal of Criminology (BJC).

Many also reported not being believed. One female, a victim of partner violence, anti-social behaviour, threats and harassment, told researchers:

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