Infusing a Trauma Informed Care Approach in Women's Correctional Facilities

Studies show that as many as 90% of women have experienced interpersonal or sexual violence in their lives (WPA, 2006), with the rate of sexual assault in US prisons being 4.3% (Beck & Harrison, 2010). Trauma, as an extreme form of stress bought on by shocking or unexpected events, whether experienced or witnessed, is exacerbated for incarcerated women. Both the physical environment and the punitive culture can “re-traumatize” women in prison, thereby rendering therapeutic attempts toward health and recovery less effective. Current research supports the importance and effectiveness of a Trauma Informed Care approach, especially for female inmates.

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Marci MacKenzie, PhD
Mechele Morris, PhD
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