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Exploring judicial opinion on the relationship between anabolic-androgenic steroid use and violent offending

Dunn, Matthew, Bartle, Jarryd and McKay, Fiona H. 2016, Exploring judicial opinion on the relationship between anabolic-androgenic steroid use and violent offending, Performance enhancement and health, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 31-33, doi: 10.1016/j.peh.2016.02.001.

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Title Exploring judicial opinion on the relationship between anabolic-androgenic steroid use and violent offending
Author(s) Dunn, Matthew
Bartle, Jarryd
McKay, Fiona H.
Journal name Performance enhancement and health
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 31
End page 33
Total pages 3
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 2211-2669
Keyword(s) Anabolic-androgenic steroids
Steroids
Violent offending
Crime
Case law
Summary Research suggests that there is a link between the use of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) and violence, though this link may be moderated by other substance use such as alcohol. Violent acts in the nighttime economy in recent times has led to governments adopting a law enforcement approach. This study sought to investigate whether the judicial system considers that there is a link between AAS use and violence. Sentencing decisions in Victoria, Australia, were identified using three publically available case law databases. Of the six cases identified, three cases had some mention of a potential link between AAS use and violent offending; however, it appears that evidence of AAS use had neither an aggravating nor mitigating effect on sentencing. In all six cases, a history of other substance use had more of an impacting upon sentencing. Harm reduction approaches should be adopted to reduce violence related to any substance use, including AAS.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.peh.2016.02.001
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082457

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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