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The idea for this publication arose from a 1988 conference which aimed to consider current provision for women in secure environments; to identify and describe existing good practice; and to make positive recommendations for future provision.
The Conference arose out of a general concern that whilst women make up a significant minority of those in secure environments, their specific needs are often obscured within an overarching concern with the majority needs of men. Yet women in secure environments differ in significant ways from men: not simply in terms of the type of offences they tend to commit, but also in terms of their specific and varying needs.
This book aims to promote critical reflection of current provision for women and to make positive recommendations. It draws on the experience and knowledge of contributors from a range of professional backgrounds, including clinical and forensic psychologists, a psychiatrist, a nurse, academics and a patient in a high security psychiatric hospital.
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