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Violence Against Incarcerated Women: Predicting Risk Through the Lens of Childhood Harm.

Authors
  • Wolff, Nancy1
  • Aizpurua, Eva2
  • Peng, Dan1
  • 1 E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers, 242612The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA. , (Jersey)
  • 2 European Social Survey ERIC, Dublin, Ireland. , (Ireland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
10
Pages
2466–2492
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211035814
PMID: 34657520
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Victimization is common inside prisons and much remains unknown about the predictors of violence against incarcerated women. A sample of 564 incarcerated women was used to examine the link between in-prison victimization, childhood (physical, sexual, and emotional) harm, and mental illness. Nearly half or more of women reported childhood harm and over one-quarter experienced in-prison victimization. Childhood harm fell into four latent classes and low sexual abuse and high abuse classes predicted resident-on-resident sexual victimization, as did single types of childhood harm. Current depressive symptoms and perceptions of overcrowding predicted physical and sexual victimization perpetrated by residents and correctional staff.

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