The Berkshire Women’s Centre is the latest to be opened as part of its network of nine community Women’s Centres across the South and East of England, since the charity began 25 years ago. Advance is the leading charity nationally supporting over 2700 women in contact with the criminal justice system each year. In addition to Berkshire, Advance also works in partnership with other women’s charities and statutory services in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Greater London.
Advance’s Chief Executive, Niki Scordi, said:
For decades, Advance has worked tirelessly to improve outcomes for women and their families who find themselves caught in the ‘revolving door’ of the criminal justice system, helping them to change their lives and break the cycle of offending.”
Caroline Phillips, Advance Service Manager Thames Valley:
Any woman in the county of Berkshire will be able to make use of the services of the centre. Women are referred there by Probation services and other partners and are supported through all their needs, including domestic abuse, accommodation, education and training, substance recovery, mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Advance’s Women’s Centres and our specialist support, led by and for women, offers a vital alternative to custody and recognises that women in the criminal justice system have very different needs to men.
Women’s offending is more often than not directly linked to their experience of domestic abuse: 57% of women in prison and under community supervision report being victims of domestic abuse. The true figure is likely higher, as many women fear disclosing abuse.
They are also more often than not the primary caregiver and when in custody, even for short periods, the impact on the children and families can be significant and long-term.
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- Advance’s vision is a world in which women and children lead safe, equal, violence-free lives so that they can flourish and actively contribute to society. The charity works with women who experience domestic abuse to be safe and take control of their lives, and women who have committed crime or are at risk of offending to break the cycle.
- Women must be referred to Advance, via statutory services or the charity’s self-referral scheme. For more information about who Advance is able to support, please visit Get Help
- For facts and statistics about domestic abuse and women in the criminal justice system, as well as Advance’s work, please visit Our Impact