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The lived experience of women in prison: thematic report

Women prisoners Prisoners Mental health Lived experience New Zealand

Women in prison in New Zealand share common experiences with imprisoned women around the world. Many women are likely to be caring for children, have low levels of literacy, have experienced trauma and abuse and have mental health and substance use disorders. Many women cope with prison life by sharing their concerns with each other and with staff.

This report is based on the lived experience of women in prison, as assessed under the Office of the Inspectorate’s Inspection Standards.

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