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Sexual victimisation histories and rehabilitation in female prisoners: a Tasmanian case study


Devos, F and Nagy, V, Sexual victimisation histories and rehabilitation in female prisoners: a Tasmanian case study, Current Issues in Criminal Justice ISSN 1034-5329 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10345329.2022.2047146


The Tasmanian female prison population has increased by 57% since 2000. Sexual victimisation is one of the most reported forms of victimisation among female prisoners in Australia. This article explores how seven Tasmanian correctional staff and program facilitators understand the relationship between sexual victimisation, offending and rehabilitation pathways and makes recommendations about how correctional systems can better manage practices that may re-victimise women. In doing so, the article provides the first analysis of how corrections workers and prison program practitioners working with incarcerated women in Tasmania understand the needs of their female clients. Findings demonstrate that prison and throughcare programs on offer in Tasmania do not consider the specific needs of women, especially women with histories of sexual victimisation.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:female prisoners, offending histories, rehabilitation, sexual assault, Tasmania
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Rehabilitation and correctional services
UTAS Author:Devos, F (Miss Freya Devos)
UTAS Author:Nagy, V (Dr Vicky Nagy)
ID Code:150061
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2022-05-17
Last Modified:2022-05-17

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