Violence against incarcerated women: predicting risk through the lens of childhood harm


Wolff, N., Aizpurua, E., & Peng, D. (2022). Violence Against Incarcerated Women: Predicting Risk Through the Lens of Childhood Harm. Violence Against Women28(10), 2466–2492.

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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prison | victimization | Women