Criminal Justice System and Mental Health service manager, Sarah Gallagher, was interviewed on BBC News highlighting the value of Anawim’s early intervention programme New Chance.
This is a specialist project for women who have been arrested, with an aim to divert them away from the Criminal Justice System at an early stage.
New Chance offers trauma-informed support, group work, advocacy and the provision of information and advice.
A recent evaluation by the University of Birmingham demonstrates that reoffending amongst New Chance service users with mental health issues was 35-37% lower and those who had substance misuse issues identified had a 51-55% decrease in reoffending.
Anawim would like to point out that the experience of the woman interviewed in this news piece is not an isolated issue. When a system fails to provide women with the support they need, situations such as the one reported on is often the outcome.