Research and analysis

Effective interventions for women offenders

Presents evidence of what interventions, and targets for intervention, reduce women’s reoffending.


Effective interventions for Women offenders: A Rapid Evidence Assessment


The review found that the characteristics of successful intervention to reduce women’s reoffending are:

  • being strengths based
  • gaining skills acquisition
  • being gender-responsive
  • using cognitive-behavioural methods
  • to provide post-programme support into the community

The review also found that substance abuse treatments can help while women remain in treatment.

Interventions that use motivational, solution-focused techniques, encouraging women to seek their own meaningful ‘hooks’ for lifestyle change, could promote desistance.

Published 30 July 2015