Sex Difference in Homicide: Comparing Male and Female Violent Crimes in Korea

Donna Youngs, Sophia Tkazky, Jonghan Sea

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The comparison of the South Korean male and female homicide offenders’ characteristics and crime scene behaviours is presented in this study. A total of 537 cases of homicide offenders prosecuted in Korea between 2006 and 2010 were analyzed in terms of offenders’ characteristics, victim–offender interaction, places of crime, and crime scene actions. Significant differences between male and female offenders were revealed in prior criminal history, offenders’ personal characteristics, choice of victim, crime scene behaviours during and after the homicide, and choice of weapon. The parallel with the gender differences in homicides found in Western countries is discussed as well as the possible explanations for the gender-related characteristics found in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3408-3435
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2017

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