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Women’s services

Women in prison have far higher rates than the average of mental health issues, self-harm and abusive relationships.

We are committed to understanding and addressing the reasons that underpin women’s offending.

We are determined to work in collaboration with our specialist partners across the region to turn women away from crime, so they can build better lives for themselves, their children and our communities.

Suki Binning
Chief Executive, KSS CRC

We work with The Women’s Centre Cornwall to offer two services to women in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

As a women’s centre, The Women’s Centre Cornwall understand and are empathetic to the complexity and range of issues faced by women. They recognise that many women who have offended are also the victims of offences such as domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Open Community Justice Service
A service offering trauma-informed one-to-one support to women on a community sentence in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. A support worker works together with women on their own priorities, including finding a suitable place to live, relationships, domestic and sexual violence, mental health, drugs and alcohol, prostitution, health, education, training and employment.

Open Partner Link Service
A service offering support to women whose partner or ex-partner is on the Building Better Relationships (BBR) domestic abuse programme. A partner link worker offers one-to-one support to women either over the telephone or at a safe venue in the community. They carry out a risk assessment and put in place safety plans to help keep women and their children safe. They will also signpost the woman to other important services such as counselling. The service keeps women informed of what the domestic abuse programme entails and the progress their partner or ex-partner is making.