Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Abused Female Inmates

Susan Marcus-Mendoza, University of Oklahoma
Erin Wright, University of Oklahoma

Numerous studies have shown that the majority of female inmates have suffered some form of abuse before they were incarcerated. Many have experienced more than one type of violence, and have been abused both as children and adults. Violence against women can leave them with a myriad of psychological problems that require treatment. This paper will examine the types of violence women inmates have experienced and the resulting psychological problems they now face. We will also explore the types of treatment that are available to them in prison, and discuss the pros and cons of prison-based treatment for abuse issues.

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Updated 05/20/2006