Women and families within the criminal justice system (CJS) are increasingly the focus of research and this book considers the timely issues concerning experiences of punishment, abuse and justice. With insights from frontline practice and from the lived experiences of women, the collection examines prison experiences in a post-COVID-19 world, domestic violence and the successes and failures of family support.
A companion to the first edited collection, Critical Reflections on Women, Family, Crime and Justice, the book sheds new light on the challenges and experiences of women and families who encounter the CJS.
Accessible to both academics and practitioners and with real-world policy recommendations, this collection demonstrates how positive change can be achieved.
“Essential reading for anyone working or researching with or about women and families in the criminal justice system. It will make you think differently and reflect on what needs to change.” Kirsty Deacon, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
Natalie Booth is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Bath Spa University and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Isla Masson is a criminologist and Researcher at the Open University and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Lucy Baldwin is Associate Professor at Durham University and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts.
The editors co-founded and are convenors of the international research network Women, Family, Crime and Justice (WFCJ).
Foreword ~ Anita Dockley
1. Keeping the conversation going: the Women, Family, Crime and Justice network ~ Natalie Booth, Isla Masson and Lucy Baldwin
Part I: Punishing women in the criminal justice system
2. Pregnancy and new motherhood in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic ~ Laura Abbott
3. Empowerment or punishment? The curious case of women’s centres ~ Gemma Ahearne
4. Silent victims: uncovering the realities of the criminal justice system for families of prisoners ~ Zobia Hadait, Somia R. Bibi and Razia Tariq Hadait
Part II: Violence, abuse and justice
5. Recognising and responding to domestic violence and abuse in LGB and/or T+ people’s relationships: towards a ‘relationships services’ approach ~ Rebecca Barnes and Catherine Donovan
6. “Throwing the first punch before I got hurt”: the experiences of imprisoned women who have perpetrated intimate partner violence and abuse ~ Jenny Mackay
7. “It feels like a mini victory”: alternative routes to justice in experiences of online misogyny ~ Jo Smith
8. The conversation isn’t over: gaining justice for women and families ~ Natalie Booth, Isla Masson and Lucy Baldwin