Women entering the criminal justice system often have multiple and complex needs, including traumatic histories of abuse and victimisation, mental health difficulties, substance misuse and previous involvement with the care system. Evidence from community-based initiatives suggests that trauma-informed systems are effective and can benefit both staff and trauma survivors.
This review aimed to identify the evidence for trauma-informed and trauma specific care in female prisons. In addition, the review expands on these findings to explore areas related to trauma-informed care (TIC) and female prisons in the UK more widely.
By Jo Lomani and Prof Charlie Brooker