This theme explores the issues surrounding involvement in the criminal justice system for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and is being led by Expert Group member Catherine Hennessy, Director of Development and Partnerships at Revolving Doors. Read the theme round up here.
In an accompanying blogÂ , Catherine writes: âLurid tabloid accounts of those who kill or harm children garner many more column inches than stories describing the experiences of the much larger number of girls who are suffering abuse and trauma day after day. Yet, when these girls grow up traumatised and angry, we are all too quick as a society to forget the origins of that trauma, labeling and stereotyping them as lags, prostitutes, and junkies.â
A survey of St Mungo’s female clients shows thatÂ 53 per cent have an offending history; 36 per cent have been to prison. Understanding what experience have lead women to come into contact with the criminal justice system, and what in that system can help or hinder their recovery, is key to helping support women to live a life away from homelessness.
How do we make sure women get the right help, at the right time? We want to hear from practitioners on the ground and fromÂ women using services themselves, about what works and what support is missing, inÂ particular:
Please also submit any relevant research so we can gather this together to improve the support out there for women.
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