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Women who use secure services: applying the literature to women with learning disabilities

Rebecca Fish (Research Assistant at Calderstones NHS Trust, Whalley, UK and a PhD student at the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK)

The Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 2050-8794

Article publication date: 2 August 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to review research of relevance to women with learning disabilities, focusing in particular on literature which is applicable to women with learning disabilities who use forensic services.

Design/methodology/approach

Research involving women with learning disabilities over the past 30 years was sought out and reviewed, and literature relating to women living in locked wards (including those without learning disabilities) was focused upon. Related themes such as the BPD diagnosis, self injury, and aggression are explored.

Findings

The author found very little research relating to women with learning disabilities who use secure services, particularly which included quotes from the women themselves.

Research limitations/implications

The author recommends that more research in this area is needed, primarily research which includes the voices of women service users themselves.

Originality/value

This paper will be relevant to all staff who work with women in secure services.

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Citation

Fish, R. (2013), "Women who use secure services: applying the literature to women with learning disabilities", The Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 192-205. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-09-2012-0016

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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