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A person who commits a crime. See also offender.
Victoria Law Foundation. “Legal glossary” (2015)
Perpetrator is defined as an individual convicted of a criminal offense (see ‘‘Defendant’’).
Drogin, Eric Y., et al. Handbook of forensic assessment: Psychological and psychiatric perspectives. Vol. 209. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
Another perpetrator definition is a person carrying out domestic violence behaviors; see also “abuser” and “batterer”.
DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Commonly used terms in cases involving domestic violence”.