Women

Buddies: The Glen Isla Project

co-designing a support tool

In 2016/17, Iriss worked with the Glen Isla project, a women’s criminal justice centre based in Arbroath, to enhance relational approaches. This is the story behind the development of Buddy: a support tool.

Evaluation of Women's Community Justice Centres: findings published

Over 2013-15, the Scottish Government provided time-limited funding to 16 projects across Scotland to establish new and develop existing community services for women who offend. A national evaluation examined how these services were implemented and to what extent they contributed towards positive outcomes for women (associated with reduced reoffending). This national evaluation was completed at the end of May 2015. It was undertaken by Ruth Dryden and Colleen Souness, former Associates at Iriss

Where from? Where now?

"Homeless women will often resort to extreme measures to keep a roof over their heads: remaining in abusive relationships, engaging in sex work or committing minor crimes to be taken into custody. Others are found in crack houses and brothels, where they are controlled by pimps and drugs. For women that do end up on the streets, hidden sleeping sites away from the more obvious doorways and subways may protect them from immediate dangers, but can isolate them from potential help".

These are the words of Georgina Cranston, the creator of the Where from? Where now?

Women's imprisonment: is there a better way?

Iriss.fm, episode 18

This discussion on whether women's imprisonment is the best way to deal with female offenders and the possible alternatives features Gill McIvor, Professor of Criminology, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research; Mary Belgan, Service Manager, 218 Centre; Nancy Loucks, Chief Executive, Families Outside; and Margaret Malloch, Research Fellow, SCCJR.

Young people's views on violence against women - Nancy Lombard

Dr Nancy Lombard, Lecturer, Napier University Edinburgh (February 2012)

Dr Nancy Lombard talks about her research conducted with 89 primary school children in Glasgow. The research explored their views on violence, particularly about violence against women. The research involved an exploratory questionnaire, group discussion sessions and discussions of case studies.