‘There’s a reason we’re in trouble’ Domestic abuse as a driver to women’s offending

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Women in prison have often been victims of much more serious offences than those of which they have been convicted. Fifty-seven per cent of women in prison report having been victims of domestic violence. More than half (53%) report having experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a child compared to 27% of men.

Because many women fear disclosing abuse, both figures are likely to be an underestimate. The charity Women in Prison report that 79% of the women who use their services have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual abuse.

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