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Carol E. Jordan (#733)

The University of Kentucky Center for Research on Violence Against Women has released a new study on battered women who kill violent partners. This study found that being abused as an adult is the single most important factor in predicting whether a woman will kill an intimate partner, carrying greater weight than the influence of childhood victimization.

The study included a research team of four investigators: center director Carol E. Jordan, James Clark from the UK College of Social Work, Richard Charnigo from the UK College of Public Health, and Adam Pritchard from the University of Central Florida.

The study also found that while men often kill female partners when they attempt to leave the abusive relationship, women are much more likely to kill while the pair is still living together.

Finally, the study also found that women who kill intimate partners had less extensive criminal histories than women who kill non-intimates. However, over half of the women who kill an abusive partner do have criminal records made up primarily of drug and property offenses, not violent crimes.

Jordan is writing a book chronicling 40 years of legislative history making reforms on behalf of victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Learn more: UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women

Air Dates

Friday, June 1, 2012 at 5:00/4:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 7:30/6:30 am CT on KET2