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Trauma informed perspectives on women's desistance

Trauma informed perspectives on women's desistance

Petrillo, Madeline ORCID: 0000-0003-2819-1366 (2021) Trauma informed perspectives on women's desistance. In: British Society of Criminology Conference 2021: Crime and Harm: Challenges of social and global justice?, 7-9 July 2021, Online. (Unpublished)

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How do experiences of trauma and victimisation impact on women’s efforts to desist from crime? Trauma and abuse, particularly when experienced in relationships, can impact on behaviour, self-concept, and connections with others, all of which have been shown to be significant to desistance. This paper draws on research involving fifty-six women who participated in interviews prior to their release from custody. Thirteen of the women then shared their experiences in follow-up sessions between nine and twelve months after release and then again between eighteen and twenty-four months after release. The paper presents the reflections of women as they transition from custody to the community to examine how experiences of trauma, victimisation, and intersectional oppression constrain access to traditional desistance supporting processes, including supportive relationships, narrative construction, and the exercise of agency, reframing these processes from a trauma-informed perspective. This paper invites you to consider how trauma-informed approaches provide both a gendered perspective on women’s desistance journeys and a framework for supporting women in their efforts to terminate offending behaviour.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trauma, women, desistance, relationships, gender-responsive
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2021 15:34

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