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Gender Matters

Lankelly Chase, Heriot-Watt University, DMSS Research

Gender Matters: Gendered patterns of severe and multiple disadvantage in England

This seminal report considers the ways in which disadvantage presents differently in women, showing that interpersonal violence and abuse and poor mental health demonstrate gendered differences in the…

The Importance Of Strengthening Relationships

Ministry of Justice

The Importance of Strengthening Female Offenders’ Family and Other Relationships to Prevent Reoffending and Reduce Intergenerational Crime

Lord Farmer’s second review looks at strengthening family and other relational ties across both custody and the community through the lens of female offenders. It finds that supporting women to …

Making The Link

Brainkind (previously The Disabilities Trust)

Making the Link: Female Offending and Brain Injury

In the first study of its kind, The Disabilities Trust provided a dedicated service to support the identification and rehabilitation of female offenders with a history of brain injury, in HMP/YOI Drak…

Alternatives To Prison

Alternative approaches to prison for mothers of young children

England and Wales has the highest incarceration rate in Europe and approximately 11,000 women receive a custodial sentence each year. Sixty-six per cent of women in prison are mothers of children unde…

Why Women S Centres Work

Tavistock Institute

Why Women’s Centres Work

This evidence briefing has been developed as a resource for Women’s Centres, to support their conversations with commissioners at a local and regional level. It is intended to help commissioners…

Whole Systems Approach Focusing On Women In The Cjs

Centre for Justice Innovation

Whole Systems Approach (WSA) focusing on women in the Criminal Justice System

The Whole Systems Approach adopted in Sussex centres on a multi-agency approach to addressing the complex needs of women who are in contact with the justice system by supporting them to access relevan…

Hearing Women S Voices

Women's Resource Centre

Hearing Women’s Voices: Why Women 2018

Hearing women’s voices: Why Women 2018 provides current, robust evidence of the value and effectiveness of women’s organisations. It updates the original why women? campaign, which was launched in Nov…

Prt Reasonintrouble

Prison Reform Trust

“There’s a reason we’re in trouble” – Domestic abuse as a driver to women’s offending

Many women in prison have been victims of much more serious offences than the ones they are accused of, with a growing body of research indicating that women’s exposure to physical, emotional an…


Short but not sweet: A study of the impact of short custodial sentences on mothers & their children

This research report bears powerful witness to the harsh impact on women and their children of the short custodial sentences too often meted out in the name of justice. It draws attention to the rippl…

Double Disadvantage

Agenda Alliance

Double Disadvantage – The experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women in the criminal justice system

This report captures the voices, experiences and reflections of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women with experience of the criminal justice system. It was commissioned to feed into the Lammy…

Bwc Inspire Programme

Brighton Women's Centre

Re-offending behaviour after participation in the Brighton Women’s Centre

This analysis looked at the re-offending behaviour of 44 women who were supported by Brighton Women’s Centre’s Inspire programme after receiving a community sentence.

New Narratives Changing The Frame On Crime And Justice

FrameWorks Institute

New Narratives: Changing the Frame on Crime and Justice

This report summarises an extensive body of research and lays out a new framing strategy for those working to reform the criminal justice system. The work described was conducted in partnership with T…