Published in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Vol. 41 No. 1 (April 2008) at doi: 10.1375/acri.41.1.36


This article examines contextual and situational influences on the processural development of women's violent conflicts. Through close analysis of 3 women's accounts of their disputes and associated violent behaviours, we provide a rich description of how such events evolved over time and how the interviewees managed this process. Drawing upon both criminological and feminist theories, our analysis highlights existing gaps in the literature, providing an exploratory discussion of the interaction of gender with situational elements and the production of assaultive events.