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Prisons `relatively safe places' for women

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/08/2016

Most women prisoners have been victims of family violence and they need help to avoid it after they've served their sentences, Corrections Minister Judith Collins says.

She says most women prisoners are, or have been, victims of family violence.

"For many of these women, prison is a place of relative safety compared with what they may face at home," she said on Friday.

"There is a lot that Corrections can do to support them while in prison and prepare for their eventual release."

Ms Collins says her department aims to identify women at risk of family violence early in their sentences so safety planning and support can be organised.

The prisoners will be able to attend courses or programmes that may help them, and case managers will work with them.

"By starting this process earlier, Corrections is seeking to reduce further harm to these women," Ms Collins said.

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