Women as co-offenders: Pathways into crime and offending motivations

Barlow, Charlotte orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-1362-7131 and Weare, Siobhan (2019) Women as co-offenders: Pathways into crime and offending motivations. The Howard Journal Of Criminal Justice, 58 (1). pp. 86-103. ISSN 0265-5527

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12292


This article reports on a qualitative study in the UK of women as co-offenders, their pathways into crime and offending motivations. What was found in the analysis of the women's narratives was that while co-offending relationships were a central pathway into offending, this often intersected with other circumstances in the women's lives, including drug addiction, socio-economic circumstances, and ‘significant life events’. These findings suggest that those working with this cohort of women must recognise the complexities and contexts of co-offending to understand, and accurately represent, women's experiences.

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