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December 2017

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

Many women in prison have been victims of much more serious offences than those for which they have been punished. The purpose of this briefing is to raise awareness of the links between women’s experience of domestic abuse and their offending, and to make recommendations that will help break the cycle and ensure women receive the help they need. The factors underlying some women’s offending must be fully considered in decision-making by criminal justice agencies to ensure an effective response. The briefing brings together research evidence and women’s voices to make a compelling case for change.