Feminists have highlighted the extent and seriousness of crimes such as **** and domestic violence. These crimes, which usually involve women as victims, are seen to reflect male power in a patriarchal society. They differ from most other crimes since they often continue over long periods of time. Male violence against women is not limited to the home- it also occurs at work and in public places.
Women tend to express more fear of violent crime than men, despite the fact that they are less likely to be victims. This can place constraints on women's lives. They may avoid going after dark for fear of being attacked. And they make take measures to dress and behave in ways that prevent them being seen as provocative by men (Stanko, 1994)