Suicide, Self-Harm and Imprisoned Women

Tammi Walker

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Suicide in offenders are a public health concern due to the increased numbers of episodes in the prison population over recent years. Policymakers have introduced suicide prevention programmes in prisons following the introduction of a strategy to address the continuing rise in self-inflicted deaths (HM Prison Service, 2001). Suicides are rarely the result of a single cause or event, but rather depend on the cumulative and interactive effects of a range of situational and psychosocial factors. This chapter will focus on imprisoned women who are at a high risk for suicide and then move onto a discussion of self-harm. It will end with a brief discussion of current interventions and treatments in custody. Attention is also given in the chapter to some of the difficult methodological issues in this area of work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic Psychology, 3rd Edition
EditorsDavid Crighton, Graham Towl
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


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