A critical evaluation of the gender specific vulnerabilities of women in police custody: an appropriate adults perception

Scarsbrook, Chelsea (2016) A critical evaluation of the gender specific vulnerabilities of women in police custody: an appropriate adults perception. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    In 2007 Baroness Corston published a review of women in the criminal justice system with a particular focus on vulnerability. This review was pivotal in considering female offender needs as "distinctly different" to those of men. Corston (2007) identified that males and females experience different pathways to crime and established that females commit more low level crimes than their male counter-parts. Females are far more likely to be a victim of crimes such as domestic and sexual abuse as well as suffering with more complex mental health issues. It was also highlighted that females find the experience of custody far more stressful due to factors such as having young children and more substantial social attachments.
    Although much has been established within the prison environment, police custody is still a grey area. HMIP (2015) explain how guidance for prisons is utilised and applied to police custody as the expe1iences are similar. However, th is research has found that police custody is subject to much more intense versions of v ulnerability and therefore the guidance Jacks suitability. It has been established that the addition of extra rooms within the custody suite for females is unrealistic in the current climate. However, more training to promote appreciation and understanding of female issues is needed in order for females to feel safer in police custody. Finally, it has been concluded that the gender specific vulnerabilities women face in police custody need to be rigorously studied and addressed rather than generalised. This is to ensure that fe males are receiving an " equal outcome" to males as the Corston Report (2007) recommended.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 12:53
    Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 12:53
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21818

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