It is recognised that the circumstances of women’s offending tend to be different from the circumstances of men’s offending. The problems associated with female offending are often complex and involve poverty, homelessness, mental illness, abuse, domestic violence and addictions. The INSPIRE approach, therefore, develops and delivers Gender-informed practice which contributes directly to reducing women’s offending through targeting community-based interventions.
The women who we work with are challenged to take responsibility for their actions and are assisted to get their lives back on track. It is clear that the Inspire approach is making a real difference to families throughout Northern Ireland.
- probation supervision for women offenders subject to community supervision and post release licences.
- pre-sentence assessment reports for courts and
- if appropriate, resettlement opportunities for women on day release prior to their release from custody.
INSPIRE provides a gender informed approach for women to attend their probation appointments, complete offence-focused interventions such as Victim Awareness, Anger Management, Coping skills, Alcohol and Drug Awareness, Confidence Building which are delivered by both probation staff and other support programme providers. Partner organisations include NIACRO, the Women’s Support Network (WSN), Start 360, EXTERN, Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), Social Services, Women’s Aid, Addictions NI, Alternatives NI and Community Restorative Justice Ireland.
- INSPIRE Women’s Project Evaluation 2011 (Department of Justice)
- Reducing Offending Among Women 2013-16: Revised Draft Strategy (NI Justice Committee Evidence)