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The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context

On-line version ISSN 1989-4007Print version ISSN 1889-1861


SJODIN, Anna-Kari et al. Dating violence compared to other types of violence: similar offenders but different victims. The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context [online]. 2017, vol.9, n.2, pp.83-91. ISSN 1989-4007.

The aim of this study was to characterize young dating violent offenders (DVO), and to compare them to the general population and to young offenders with violent crimes directed against other victims. We have used data from the Development of Aggressive Antisocial Behaviour Study, in all 262 young men, 18 to 25 years, convicted of violent crimes and imprisoned in the Western Region of the Swedish Prison and Probation Services. We found that young DVO offenders differed from the general population in all investigated areas; however, the group did not differ in comparisons to other young violent offenders. Our results highlight the antisocial aspects of dating violent crime being rooted in aggressive antisocial behaviour, lacking signs of any specific offender type characteristics, thus questioning the validity of crime specific treatment programs in prison for young offenders of dating violence.

Keywords : Dating violence; Violent criminality; Victim relationship; Clinical features; Aggressive antisocial behaviour.

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