Research and analysis

Effective interventions for women offenders

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



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.