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Offender characteristics of men convicted of partner violent crime

Intimate partner violence (IPV), especially violence perpetrated in the directionality from men towards women, girlfriends or spouses, is a serious social problem. It is a social problem also in the aspect that the violence does not only affect the parties directly involved, victim and perpetrator, but also their children. As for intimate partner homicide (IPH) about 17 women were killed by an intimate partner, i.e., spouse, partner, fiancé or boyfriend during an average year between 1990 and 2004 (Brå, 2007), thus forming approximately a fifth of all murders committed in Sweden in a year. Despite the great societal impact of this kind of violent offending, little is known of offender characteristics of partner violent men in Sweden.

The overall aim of the project Offender characteristics of men convicted of partner violent crime is to investigate psychosocial, psychological and mental health factors related to aggressive antisocial behaviors and violence in order to identify factors associated to severity of violence and criminal recidivism with special reference to partner abuse. It focuses on examining both a sample of mentally disordered offenders, and a sample of young men in prison. The project can also be described as a sub-project which falls under two major projects powered by Celam: The Gothenburg Forensic Neuropsychiatry Project (FNP), and The Development of Aggressive Antisocial Behaviour Study (DAABS). However, although it can be described as a sub-project to those presented above, and is dependent of those with regard to empirical data it will be an independent and autonomously run project.


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Principal Investigator: Thomas Nilsson
Researcher: Anna-Kari Sjödin

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Thomas Nilsson

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Anna-Kari Sjödin

Page Manager: Stefan Axelsson|Last update: 9/16/2016

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