New briefing highlights promising local practice on reducing women’s offending

A new briefing has been published by Revolving Doors Agency and the Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A), highlighting promising work underway by police and crime commissioners to improve responses to women involved in offending at a local level.

Women’s offending has a distinct profile compared with men. Women make up just 5% of the prison population, with 81% of them committed for non-violent offences. It has long been recognised that women benefit from a distinct approach if reoffending rates are to be reduced – particularly given the multiple and complex needs faced by many women involved in offending:

  • 71% of female prisoners suffer two or more mental disorders
  • 70% of women entering prison require clinical detoxification
  • 53% of women in prison experienced emotional, physical, or sexual abuse as a child
  • More than half of women in prison report having suffered domestic violence
  • Six out of ten women in prison have at least one dependent child

With the government “committed to further improving the treatment of female offenders and reducing the number of women in custody”, the briefing argues that local leadership is crucial to developing a more effective approach, and that police and crime commissioners (PCCs) have an important role to play as an advocate for a women-specific approach in their area.

This briefing is the third in a series of ‘PCC spotlights’ by Revolving Doors Agency and the Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A), highlighting promising practice among police and crime commissioners (PCCs) on challenging partnership issues. The report can be viewed here.


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