Characteristics of offenders of dating violence with focus on aggressive antisocial behavior
Being of young age (adolescence or young adulthood) is a risk factor of becoming an offender or victim of violent crimes generally, and young women are at most risk of becoming victims of partner violence during the ages of 16-24. Partner violence among the young have typically been studied in socially adjusted samples such as college or university students, however, a lot of the risk factors for partner violence offending describe a socially estranged or marginalized youth. With special concern taken to the poor outcome of batterer intervention in prison, it is urgent to address the gap of knowledge regarding young men in prison, convicted of violent crimes towards their partner.
The aims of this study were to
- characterize young dating violent offenders (DVO),
- identify groups with different patterns of intimate partner abuse (IPV) (i.e., psychological and physical abuse) with special focus on aggressive antisocial behavior.
We have used data from the Development of Aggressive Antisocial Behavior Study, in all 264 young men, 18 to 25 years, convicted of violent crimes and imprisoned in the Western Region of the Swedish Prison and Probation Services. Preliminary results imply that there is a lack of specific offender type characteristics, however, the results point to an association between measures of aggression, hostility and partner abuse, thus defining a cluster of high partner abuse and aggression, which to a large part has an etiology in early onset conduct disorder.