Does the Criminal Justice System Treat Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Offenders Leniently?

  title={Does the Criminal Justice System Treat Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Offenders Leniently?},
  author={Richard B. Felson and Paul-Philippe Par{\'e}},
  journal={Justice Quarterly},
  pages={435 - 459}
We examine whether men who physically assault their female partners or who commit sexual assault receive more lenient treatment than offenders who commit other types of assaults. Analyses of the National Violence Against Women Survey do not support these hypotheses. Rather, they suggest that women who assault their male partners are particularly likely to avoid arrest. In addition, both men and women who assault partners are more likely to avoid conviction than other offenders. Evidence… 

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