It is estimated that up to 95% of women who are incarcerated have been physically or mentally abused by intimate partners or family members. Ongoing abuse can destroy a woman’s self esteem, and can lead to substance abuse and other criminalized coping behaviors. Many women who have been incarcerated have never received mental health counseling to focus on their trauma, and many women who are repeat offenders have never been to a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program.
Our counseling work is based on a holistic model focusing on the trauma that led women to repeatedly make poor decisions. Although many of our clients are repeat offenders, counseling and drug rehabilitation services have never been made available to most of the women we have worked with thus far. We hope to make a difference in their lives by reaching them while they are still incarcerated.