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WOMEN CONVICTED OF HOMICIDE SERVING A FEDERAL SENTENCE

An Exploratory Study Authors: Lana E. Hoffman
Brigitte Lavigne
Ida Dickie and
Women Offender Sector
Correctional Service of Canada Octobre 1998

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

METHODOLOGY

DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

Current Status
Current Location
Type of Conviction
Sentence Length
Legal Status at the Time of the Homicide
Country of Birth and Citizenship

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OFFENDER

Age at the Time of the Offence
Race
Marital Status
Living Situation
Number of Children
Employment Status
Main Source of Income
Education Level
History of Substance Abuse
History of Physical, Sexual and/or Emotional Abuse
History of Mental Health Problems

CRIMINAL HISTORY OF THE OFFENDER

Number of Previous Convictions
Type(s) of Previous Conviction(s)
Types of Sentences for Previous Convictions
Age at First Conviction
Juvenile History

DETAILS OF THE HOMICIDE

Geographical Locations of the Homicides
Location of the Homicide
Context of the Homicide
Alcohol/Drug Use by the Offender
Alcohol/Drug Use by the Victim
Weapon Used in the Homicide
Cause of Death
Perpetrator of the Homicide

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CO-ACCUSED

Involvement of Co-accused
Number and Gender of the Co-accused
Relationship Between the Co-accused and the Offender

VICTIM CHARACTERISTICS

Number of Victims
Gender of Victims
Age of Victims
Relationship of the Victim to the Offender
Living with the Victim
History of Abuse and Conflict with the Victim
Victim's Activity at the Time the Homicide Occurred

HOMICIDE TYPOLOGIES

Typologies
Theft/Assault/Robbery Homicide
Spousal Homicide
Child Homicide
Defense against (Sexual) Assault Homicide
Other typologies