Who We Are

Women’s Breakout is a membership organisation of 59 organisations that form a network of service providers across England and Wales.

About Women’s Breakout

Women’s Breakout is the only organisation that exists to shape national and local approaches to working with women who present with vulnerabilities and are in contact with, or at risk of becoming involved in, the Criminal Justice System. We are a national umbrella organisation, and we hold a unique position in providing a collective voice for the women who are working to support vulnerable women – using their collective knowledge and experiences to bring strategic change in respect of women impacted by the Criminal Justice System.

Working closely with its membership organisations, Women’s Breakout aims to prevent women from entering a cycle of offending behaviour and involvement with criminal justice, including prison. We recognise that the causes of offending are multifaceted and that a holistic response is therefore a prerequisite for success in reducing offending but also in enabling women to lead successful lives more broadly. This will include reuniting families, reducing substance abuse, securing accommodation, facilitating training and employment, and accessing mental health treatment.

Women’s Breakout is the only organisation that exists to shape national and local approaches to working with women who present with vulnerabilities and are in contact with, or at risk of becoming involved in, the Criminal Justice System

Our member organisations have extensive track records in providing services to women who present with vulnerabilities and complex needs, and they use a proven successful model to provide services to women offenders across England and Wales. They are doing an extraordinary job of providing vital services to women. Many of them are very small organisations, stretched to the absolute limit in vital direct service delivery, and Women’s Breakout has a unique and valuable role as a central organisation in providing advocacy and support to our members.

For a full list of all projects that are a part of the Women’s Breakout network visit our member project directory.


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Key facts

81%

of women are serving a prison sentence for a non-violent offence.

5%

Just 5% of children stay in their own homes when their mother goes to prison.

40%

Nearly 40% of women in prison left school before the age of 16 years.