The views of women in prison about help-seeking for intimate partner violence: at the intersection of ‘survivor’ and ‘offender’

Day, Andrew, Gerace, Adam, Oster, Candice, O'Kane, Deb, and Casey, Sharon (2018) The views of women in prison about help-seeking for intimate partner violence: at the intersection of ‘survivor’ and ‘offender’. Victims and Offenders, 13 (7). pp. 974-994.

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Women represent the fastest growing section of prison populations across the Western world (Jeffries & Newbold, 2016), with ‘gender responsive’ theories of crime proposing that experiences of victimization often create offending pathways dissimilar to those of male offenders (see Bloom, Owen, & Covington 2005; Salisbury & Van Voorhis, 2009). Women’s experiences prior to incarceration have been shown, for example, to be characterized by high rates of child abuse, rape, and intimate partner violence (IPV) (Lynch, Fritch, & Heath, 2012). Of particular concern is the findings of one US study, that three quarters 75% of incarcerated women reported a history of physical violence perpetrated by an intimate partner (Browne, Miller, & Maguin, 1999). A more recent study, by Lynch, Fritch, and Health (2012) has also reported that 90% of female prisoners report physical and sexual violence from their partners in the year prior to incarceration. While such experiences may be important antecedents to a range of personal problems, which, in turn, lead to offending, these studies highlight how women who are in prison represent a group who potentially have an ongoing vulnerability to IPV after release (Cross, 2016). And yet, despite many prisoners returning to the same relationships and geographic contexts/communities that existed prior to incarceration, relatively little is known about the post-release experiences of women prisoners and the types of services that might be made available to maintain their safety.

Item ID: 55092
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1556-4991
Keywords: intimate partner violence, help-seeking, prisoners, women, victimization
Copyright Information: © 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 23:06
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440202 Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940402 Crime Prevention @ 100%
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