Women Charged with Violent Crimes

Contrary to popular belief, women commit violent crimes. According to one of the most recent Bureau of Justice Statistics, last reported in 1999, about fourteen percent (14%) of violent offenders were women, based on the self-reporting of victims. Fourteen percent in 1999 equated to approximately 2.1 million violent female offenders.

The reasons women commit violent crimes vary from suffering from long-term mental and emotional abuse to defending themselves or their children. Women have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from domestic and dating violence. Approximately, 85% of women have suffered from intimate partner violence. It follows that at least some of the women who become victims of abuse fight back. 

Moreover, according to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 15% of women who give birth each year suffer from postpartum depression. However, infanticide is very rare. Only about four percent of women actually kill their babies due to postpartum depression as oppose to about

The lack of specific answers to the question of why women commit violent crimes like homicide, assault, or battery could be considered a direct result of the lack of data on the statistics of women who commit crimes. Women's issues can range from mental and emotional instability to abuse, but women who find themselves in bad situations regarding the law should have representation from someone who can empathize. 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Women's Law Center on Violent Crimes

If you or someone you know has been charged with assault or battery in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, contact one of our experienced attorneys at the Florida Women's Law Center. The Florida Women's Law Center, a division of the Bacchus & Navarro Law Group, devoted to helping women navigate the often confusing and convoluted legal system. 

At the Florida Women's Law Center it is our mission to provide stellar legal services for women who face domestic violence issues or women who have unexpected run-ins with the law. We represent clients throughout the Miami-metropolitan area, and we take cases in Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, Collier County, and Hendry County in Florida.

Our office is centrally located at 401 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, just minutes from the Broward County Central Courthouse. If you have been arrested or are subject to investigative procedures in Miami, West Palm Beach, East Naples, or LaBelle, Florida, then contact our firm immediately.

Call $ to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our attorneys.

Broward County Women Charged with Violent Crimes Information Center

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Types of Violent Crimes Women Are Charged With

While women make up a small percentage of incarcerated individuals charged with violent crimes, the number of women committing and being convicted of these crimes has largely increased over the years. Some common violent crimes committed by women include the following:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Burglary 
  • Manslaughter
  • Kill-for-Hire

The reasons women commit such violent crimes is yet unknown, however, violence against women has been prevalent throughout society for centuries. 

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Battered Woman's Syndrome

Experts in mental health have identified women who are victims of intimate-partner violence for more than thirty (30) years. Domestic violence, as a concept, is considered "gender violence" in that it is any act or conduct that causes abuse based on gender. Even when women fight back it is likely that she will be the one that ends up hurt. Women who fight back in self-defense are more often than not arrested along with the batterer.

Studies show that psychological symptoms of battered woman syndrome (BWS) make it difficult for women to regain control of their lives.

BWS and the Law:

Many states, including Florida, have recognized the need for legislation regarding domestic violence and battered women. For some courts, BWS could be considered a mental state and considered during a trial as mitigating circumstances during a self-defense argument. Florida, in particular, has enacted tougher laws for abusers, such as Florida Statute § 741.2901(3), which requires that a defendant who has been arrested for domestic violence remain in custody until the first appearance.

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Women and Murder for Hire Crimes

Murder-for-hire crimes are also known as a contract to kill crimes. More than forty percent (40%) of homicides committed by women are against their husbands or intimate partners. Men who batter women are often victims of contract to kill crimes.

According to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program by the FBI, looking at murder caused by circumstances surrounding relationships, wives (603) killed their husbands the most in familial relationships. Individuals murdered by their girlfriends (492) was closely behind wives. The only relationship category to beat out the two was murder done by an acquaintance.

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Women and Aggravated Assault

Women are generally charged with aggravated assault when they are charged under domestic violence circumstances. Aggravated assault involves the use of a weapon to place an individual in reasonable fear of imminent harm. While this is not always the case, women are more likely to use a weapon against larger opponents in a domestic dispute. 

Florida considers deadly weapons to be any of the following:

  • guns
  • bats
  • knives
  • large rocks

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Women Charged with Battery in Florida

Battery under Florida law is similar to assault, women being charged with battery crimes generally find themselves subject to criminal penalties due to issues like post-traumatic stress disorder from excessive domestic violence abuse rather than simply being violent.

The elements of battery under Florida law are as follows: 

  • the defendant struck or touched the victim;
  • the touch or strike was done without the victim's consent, and
  • the defendant intentionally caused bodily harm to the victim.

As a result of abuse, women may find themselves with a criminal record. Due to the excessive and repetitive nature of domestic violence claims, women may find themselves being charged with a third-degree felony rather than a simple misdemeanor.

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Additional Resources

Fla. Stat. § 784.011 – Visit Online Sunshine, the official website of the Florida Legislature for the full statutory language associated with assault charges, including imprisonment and fine penalties enumerated under Florida law.

Battered Woman's Syndrome: Setting a Standard In Florida -- Sandra M. Sandler published an article in the Nova Law Review regarding Dr. Lenore E. Walker's theories on Battered Woman's Syndrome. The article summarizes the psychological theories of learned helpless as it applies to battered women. It also gives a history of Battered Woman's Syndrome in the Courtroom by explaining its legal use as an impaired mental capacity defense. 

Relationship Crime in the United States -- Visit the FBI website to find out more information about the FBI's UCR collection program which, collects supplementary homicide data in order to provide information on the sex, race, and age,of the offender and the victim, the type of weapon used; the relationship of the victim to the offender; and the circumstance surrounding the incident.

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Find an Attorney for Assault Crimes in Broward County, FL

The attorneys at the FLWC have handled cases involving violent crimes in Florida for many years. We are zealous advocates for the rights of criminal defendants, whether the case involves aggravated assault or battery, we will fight to get your charges dropped.

With offices conveniently located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, our office handles violent crimes cases throughout the Miami-metropolitan area in counties like Broward County, Collier County, Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, and Hendry County in Florida

Call (954) 500-5555 now to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our attorneys.


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