Incarcerated Women's Experience With Intimate Partner Violence

Abuse on the Inside: Exploring Incarcerated Women's Experience With Intimate Partner Violence

Bernadette T. Muscat, California State University, Fresno, USA; Barbara Owen, California State University, Fresno, USA; Joycelyn Pollock, Texas State University, San Marcos, USA; James B. Wells, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, USA; Stephanie Torres, California State University, Fresno, USA

Abstract

In response to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003, a federal law that addresses rape at all levels within correctional institutions, this project investigates the context of gendered violence and safety in women’s correctional facilities. Adopting a multi-method approach, we examined the context and correlates that produce and support both violence and safety in facilities for women. The data are based on a content analysis of 40 focus groups with female inmates at eight correctional institutions in western and southern states in the United States. The data indicate violence, particularly intimate partner violence, is embedded in a broader gender-based context of violence and safety. It also shows that prior victimization often contributes to a cycle of future and repeated victimization among women. This research specifically focuses on types of violence and safety issues that arise from interpersonal relationships among female inmates and the mechanisms to address these issues while incarcerated.

Vol 5, No 2 / February 2011    •     See Terms and Conditions for educational use.

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