“Women in Prison: Histories of Trauma and Abuse Highlight the Need for Specialized Care.”
Published in The Conversation US, an independent source of news, this recent article discusses the history and impact of trauma on female prisoners and the importance of trauma-informed care.
Highlights from the article:
–Experiences can range from childhood abuse to sexual assault and intimate partner violence during adulthood. As a result, the majority of female prisoners suffer from complex trauma.
–Security procedures like strip searches and pat downs – often carried out or supervised by male officers – can re-traumatise female prisoners who have experienced abuse in the past.
–The level of complex trauma experienced by the vast majority of incarcerated women contributes to their risk of re-offending. While women on average serve significantly shorter sentences than male offenders, they tend to have a higher recidivism rates.