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Coercion and Women Co-Offenders: A Gendered Pathway Into Crime

Charlotte Barlow


This publication explores the legal, media and social constructions of coercion as a pathway into crime for some co-offending women. Coercion has been increasingly acknowledged as a pathway into crime for female offenders, particularly those whose relationship with their male partner/ co-offender is characterised by abuse, control and/or obsession (Barlow, 2015; Jones, 2008; Richie, 1996; Welle & Falkin, 2000). However, the construction of such women within the law and media and the consequential ways in which they are understood is often limited to over-simplistic explanations and dichotomie ... More

Keywords: co-offending, coercion, gender, female offenders, pathways into crime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781447330981
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447330981.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte Barlow, author
Lancaster University