Jolanta Didžiokienė


The article analyzes women violent behaviour and their social or diagnostic motives. The women sample was taken from VTPT prie SAM Utena forensic section, between year 2005-2014. In a period of ten years 44,7 per cent of women, stationed in Utena forensic section, has committed crimes of violent nature. Article examines age and mental disorders influence on this kind of behaviour. Most common age for women aggressive behaviour was 18-33 and 57-58. This article analyzes the types of criminal offence, social factors influence on violent women behaviour, female perpetrators and their relationships with victims. 25,7 per cent of victims were children, including newborns; 23,8 per cent – husbands and significant others. Research analysis shows that these factors were dominant for women violent behaviour: poor education, no stable income and absence of sexual partner, previous convictions, abuse of alcohol and other psychotropic substances. Article also examines motivation behind aggressive behaviour. Dominant motives were: pathological motives (29,7 per cent), impulsive actions that arise instantaneously in order to defend oneself (25,7 per cent), motives of vengeance (16,8 per cent). Types of most common mental disorders for this kind of behaviour are also discussed in the article. 29,7 per cent of cases, women committed violent crimes in a state of psychosis. 23,7 per cent were diagnosed with personality disorders. About 66 per cent of women were previously stationed in psychiatric hospitals.

Keyword(s): violent women behaviour; women criminality; crisis situations; aggressive women behaviour; forensic psychiatry; forensic psychiatric examination in criminal proceedings; social factors; aggression motives; women mental disorders.
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2016.005
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