The links between recurrent maltreatment and offending behaviour

Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis, Louise Falshaw, Kevin Browne

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This article considers recurrent maltreatment and offending behaviour. The sample was 60 males and 19 females (I l to 18 years) resident within a secure institution in England and considered a risk to themselves and/or others. Overall. 20.8% had not experienced maltreatment, 6.5% had experienced a single incident, 11.7% were repeat victims (same perpetrator), 6.5% were revictimised (different perpetrators). and more than half (54.5%) had suffered both repeat and revictimisation. Of those who had committed a violent and/or sexual crime. 74% had experienced some form of revictimisation, compared to 33% of those who committed nonviolent offences. Those young people most likely to have committed violent and/or sexual crimes were those who had been victims of recurrent extrafamilial maltreatment (many of whom had also experiences' recurrent intrafamilial maltreatment). Thus, in this sample, revictimisation was associated with serious crimes. However, these findings are preliminary, and prospective research wits a larger sample is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-94
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2002


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