No escape from violence: childhood abuse, offending and women in prison. 

24 Oct 2014 - 17:15

In 2012, a small but innovative, participatory study with women prisoners in South Africa found that 38% of participants reported physical abuse as a child, with 29% reporting sexual abuse, and 67% experiencing physical or sexual abuse as an adult. The study also found a strong link between childhood sexual abuse and rape and violent offending by women.

In the sixth blog in our anniversary series, the author, Dr Lillian Artz, Director of the Gender, Health & Justice Research Unit at the University of Cape Town, looks at the results of study and says that we still need to know much more than we do about women in prison and in particular about why – and how – so many incarcerated women have travelled a similar road from childhood abuse to abusive adult relationships and into prison.

Read the blog post here »