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Gendered Justice

Women, Trauma and Crime

Edited by Lucy Baldwin, Foreword by Loraine Gelsthorpe


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Gendered Justice seeks to enhance knowledge and practice in relation to criminalised women and anyone affected by their imprisonment. It calls for compassionate trauma-informed, and gender-specific approaches. As editor Dr Lucy Baldwin explains,

‘How society engages with women coming into contact with the Criminal Justice System can have a profound and lasting effect on their lives, so it is important to ensure that the impact is an informed and positive one’.

In chapters by experts from diverse backgrounds, the book examines a carefully selected mix of developments including in topical areas such as women’s rights, help and support, stigma, domestic abuse, sentencing, racism, disadvantage, poverty, deviance, labelling, homelessness, stereotyping, missed opportunities, silencing, fairness, prison visits, desistance from crime, unmet needs, and making a difference.

A key text for gender aware readers/researchers which includes accounts of ‘lived experience’. Outlines tools, methods and best practice.


‘An important and inspirational book which should be compulsory reading for policy-makers and sentencers’– Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, Cambridge University (from the Foreword).

Contents and contributors

Foreword by Loraine Gelsthorpe; Introduction (Lucy Baldwin); Adopting a Whole-Systems Approach – Why a Women’s Specialist Team Model Makes Sense (Claire Morley and Claire Rushton); Desistance and the Stigma Machine – Being a ‘Good Woman’ (Úna Barr and Natalie Rutter); ‘They Just Didn’t Want to Help Me’ – The Criminalisation of Coerced Women Co-offenders (Charlotte Barlow); ‘Racism is Very Much There’ – Validating Racial Trauma in the Context of Criminal Justice (Monica Thomas and Sinem Bozkurt); A Mother’s Work is Never Done – Mothers Affected by Remand (Isla Masson and Natalie Booth); ‘And Still I Rise’ – Hope, Trauma and Imprisoned Women (Christy Pitfield and Anna Motz); Women’s Experiences of Presenting as Homeless Post Domestic Abuse – Homelessness Policy and Domestic Abuse — The Changing Legislative Context (Kelly Henderson and Yoric Irving-Clarke); ‘There’s Nothing Left, Nothing Left of You’ – Criminalised Women and Trauma (Dr Nicola Harding); ‘It’s Not a Joke — It’s My Life’ (Lucy Baldwin, Abigay Green and Melanie Brown); ‘We are the Ones’: Joining Forces and Creating New Tools for Change – Challenges for Academia, Charities and Practitioners (Kate Paradine); Afterword, Summary and Closing Thoughts (Lucy Baldwin); References and Bibliography; Index.

About the editor

Lucy Baldwin is an Associate Professor at Durham University. A qualified social worker and probation officer she has worked in both community-based and custodial settings. Her publications include Mothering Justice (Waterside Press, 2015) and Motherhood In and After Prison (Waterside Press, 2022). She has contributed to policy and practice change in the Criminal Justice System in the UK and and co-convened the international network Women, Family, Crime and Justice.

The author of the Foreword

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe is Director and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

Additional information

Weight400 g
Dimensions234 × 156 × 22 mm





Place of origin

United Kingdom

Publication date

12 September 2023


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