The Cost of 'Lost' Intimacy | British Journal of Criminology

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publication date: 
Oct 9, 2003
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This article examines whether 'separation' killings draw harsher sanctions than 'intact' killings.

Socio-legal and feminist theorists argue that law varies inversely with relational distance. Several theoretical perspectives predict that defendants who victimize intimate partners from whom they are estranged will be punished more severely than defendants who victimize current partners. The article examines whether 'separation' killings draw harsher sanctions than 'intact' killings. Using 144 cases of intimate femicide than occurred in Toronto, Canada, the results demonstrate that offenders who kill estranged partners are treated more severely than those who kill current partners.

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