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New Resource: Using Trauma-Informed Practices to Enhance Safety and Security in Women’s Correctional Facilities
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From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women:

One of the most common experiences shared by women in correctional facilities is a history of trauma, which for many can be extensive. Research from multiple disciplines has shown that the effects of trauma can be significant and long lasting. We now know that trauma often plays a role in the onset of women’s criminal behavior, is often linked to substance abuse and mental health challenges, and that trauma may explain some of the behaviors women offenders display while incarcerated.

This document provides a brief overview of trauma and its effects on women offenders, and specifically defines trauma-informed practices for women’s correctional facilities. It also provides key actions that facility administrators, managers, and staff can take to better align their operational practices with the research on trauma and to create a more trauma-informed facility culture.

The publication can be downloaded at NIC Women Offenders Resources (under Substance Abuse, Behavioral Health and Trauma) and at the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women.


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Posted Tue, Apr 22 2014 7:35 AM by Susan Powell

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