Invisible Trauma: Women, Difference and the Criminal Justice System

1st Edition

Anna Motz, Maxine Dennis, Anne Aiyegbusi

March 18, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9781138218666 - CAT# Y308601

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There is an expectation that women will be nurturers and carers. Women who have been judged violent, destructive and criminal and who are detained in the criminal justice system can find themselves perceived through a distorted lens as unwomanly. This book explains how they become hypervisible in their difference while the histories of trauma and suffering that are communicated through their offending and other risk behaviour remain hidden and so are unseen. 

Bringing together authors uniquely placed as experts in their fields, this book argues that it is essential to trace the traumatic roots of women’s violence and offending. Powerful intergenerational factors perpetuate the cycles of offending and trauma re-enactment that current sentencing practice overlooks. The authors of this book present a psychoanalytically informed account of the development of violence and other offending, identifying pathways for change to address trauma within the lives of these women and their children, and also to create a responsive, effective and sensitive workforce.

Invisible Trauma highlights the role of emotional, social and cultural forces in traumatizing women who come into contact with the criminal justice system and uncovers areas of their lives that are all too often hidden from view. It will be invaluable to those working in clinical and forensic psychology, mental health nursing, psychotherapy, social work, medical practice and women’s health, as well as frontline practitioners in the criminal justice system, the health service and third sector organizations and for anyone with an interest in racism, equality and social justice.


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