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Women and crime

Women can be both the victims and perpetrators of crime. Crimes affecting women include domestic violence, stalking, cyberstalkingtrafficking of women and drug abuse. AIC research indicates that most female homicides were the result of domestic conflicts such as disputes over child custody or ending a relationship. Crimes against women impact on the Australian community with the cost of violence against women and their children alone estimated at $13.6 billion in 2008-09. On the other hand, women also carry out crimes such as violence, fraud and drug use. For more on this subject see the Links to international and Australian research on this website, together with an extensive range of AIC publications.


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