The Anawim Research Project: Through the Prison Gates

In 2016, there were 22 deaths in women's prisons in England and Wales – the highest number of female prison deaths since 1990. Yet even a decade after the ground-breaking Corston Report (2007), there is still a paucity of quantitative, peer-reviewed research, regarding the effectiveness of community interventions with criminal justice involved women across the UK.

Principal investigator

Dr Simon Pemberton 

Project summary

The new Anawim Research Study (2017-2021) seeks to address the gap and improve the independent evidence base for Corstonian holistic, gender-specific and trauma-informed Women’s Centres in England and Wales.  The research aims to independently assess whether through-the-gate accommodation with case worker services, courses and peer support (The Intervention) reduces re-incarceration rates at 3, 12 and 24 months post release from custody, compared to women without that support (Treatment as Usual).

The study takes a gold-standard, mixed methods approach; a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) will examine any differences between the arms in the trial. Simultaneously, an ethnography using visual and narrative participative research methods will attempt to account for differences between the groups. This is the first RCT in Europe regarding women's accommodation outcomes after custody and it aims to influence evidence based policy-making in the future. 

The Principal Investigator is Professor Simon Pemberton, working with Research Fellows Dr Jo Long and Dr Susie Balderston and the Trial is funded by JABBS Foundation, who have also provided funding for the intervention for the length of the trial.    


Trauma, Harm and Offending Behaviour: What works to address social injury and criminogenic need with criminal justice involved women? (PDF)

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