Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Paper


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Jo Hittner


This research will evaluate the impact of sexual abuse and violence on incarcerated women and its overall effect. The study will examine the challenges of victimized women through both incarceration and reentry focusing on gender and cultural specific needs. The majority of incarcerated women tend to be low-income, women of color, single, primary caregivers of minor children; suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, child and/or adult victimization, alcohol and substance abuse, and mental health issues. Approaches that may help facilitate more effective reentry include comprehensive programs, community development, empowerment programs and community mentoring. Conclusions and recommendations for future research are provided.

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