n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Attitudes towards women and crime

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The criminality of women has had a long history of neglect and it was only during the 19th and early to mid-20th centuries that there was a small group of writings specifically concerned with women and crime (Lilly, Cullen & Ball 1995:174). Although research proves to be a valuable tool in academic context, the view of the public is often far removed from sound research findings. Female criminality often attracts media attention owing to the mere fact that the crime was committed by a women, especially in cases of murder. Sentencing carried out on woman for murder illustrates the attitudes towards women and crime. The aim of this article is to give an overview of the attitudes towards women and their involvement in crime.

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