The forgotten victims: Prisoner experience of victimisation and engagement with the criminal justice system

Andrew Day, Sharon Casey, Adam Gerace, Candice Oster, Deb O'Kane

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Many women in prison have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). As this form of violence is often intergenerational and entrenched, women in prison are widely considered to be at particular risk of ongoing victimisation following release from custody.

And yet, their support needs often go unrecognised, and it is likely that a range of barriers exists that prevent ex-prisoners from accessing services. This project, jointly funded by ANROWS and Sparke Helmore Lawyers was conducted in partnership between James Cook University and the South Australian Department for Correctional Services. Led by Professor Andrew Day, this research develops an understanding of the factors that influence help-seeking by women in prison who may have concerns about their personal safety post-release and how this might inform service responses.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney, New South Wales
Number of pages106
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-925372-87-8
ISBN (Print) 978-1-925372-85-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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  • Women prisoners
  • Domestic violence
  • Help seeking behaviour
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Victim services
  • Victims of crimes surveys


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