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NI: Addressing Offending by Women

19th April 2010

Addressing Offending by Women: A Literature Review, by Dr Una Convery, provides a review of recent literature on women offenders’ needs and approaches adopted towards women in terms of policy and practice to address their offending. It is intended to help inform the development of best practice in the approaches adopted towards women who offend in Northern Ireland.

"Women’s pathways into and out of offending are recognised as being different to those for men and generic interventions designed to address male criminogenic needs are deemed inappropriate for women offenders. The importance of reconceptualising women’s needs to take account of their life experiences and acknowledge the wider socio-economic context, rather than focusing on the risk-needs model is emphasised."

The review is structured within the framework of the five key areas of the Draft Strategy for the Management of Women Offenders in Northern Ireland:

  • Reducing women’s offending
  • Providing alternatives to prosecution and custody
  • Community supervision and intervention
  • Women’s centre provision
  • Gender-specific approach to custody

Addressing Offending by Women: A Literature Review was commissioned by the Criminal Justice Directorate of the Northern Ireland Office.

Download the report here.

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