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“Women’s centres are non-judgemental places where you can feel safe"

Women’s centres are demonstrably the most effective way to support women in contact with the criminal justice system. They support women to remove themselves from harmful situations and cycles of offending by providing gender-responsive services from women-only spaces, delivered with a trauma-informed approach that acknowledges how trauma and abuse impact on women’s lives.

Our new briefing paper, Understanding how women’s centres work, is based on the most recent published research, statistics and evidence base and outlines why women’s centres are so valuable to the women they support and the communities they serve.

About NWJC Briefing Papers

  • NWJC briefing papers can be downloaded for free from the NWJC Resource Library for organisational, individual and public use.
  • These briefing papers have been researched and written with reference to the most current evidence available to support the NWJC’s key messages.
  • NWJC Organisational Partners have been consulted and invited to input anecdotal evidence and case studies to inform each paper.
  • Members of the NWJC’s National Voice & Advisory Panel have reviewed each paper and contributed their lived experience expertise under ‘What Women Tell Us’.
  • Each paper is available in text only format with full citations and references on request. Please email [email protected] to request copies of these.