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PROVIDING SUPPORT
AND ADVOCACY

to women who are,
have been, or are at risk of
being in conflict with the law

Did you know...

The Elizabeth Fry Society Southern Ontario Region is the only social service agency in Hamilton and the surrounding area with a specific mandate to provide programs and services for and about women in conflict with the law.

We offer individual and group services, crisis intervention, release planning, court support, referrals, and community education.

Our Clients...

Many women who are in conflict have long histories of childhood and adult abuse. 96% of women accessing services from Elizabeth Fry Southern Ontario have identified experiencing abuse. This often results in:

  • Homelessness
  • Financial Difficulties
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Arrests for Defending Themselves
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Unhealthy Relationships
  • Suicide
  • Unemployment

Here are some other sobering stats…

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of female offenders experience at least one traumatic event in childhood and they are more likely to have parental stress, housing issues and extensive histories of sexual and physical abuse.

Nena Messina, Patricia Marinelli-Casey, Maureen Hillhouse, Richard Rawson, Jeremy Hunter & Alfonso Ang. (2008) Childhood Adverse Events and Methamphetamine Use Among Men and Women, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 40:sup5, 399-409.

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of female inmates met the criteria for one or more psychiatric disorder. The most common were post-traumatic stress disorder, drug dependence, anxiety and depression.

Nena Messina, William M. Burdon and Michael L. Prendergast. (2003) Assessing the Needs of Women in Institutional Therapeutic Communities, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 37:2, 89-106.

Women offenders reported higher rates of emotional abuse (40%), sexual abuse (39%) as well as physical neglect (29%) in childhood. 

Nena Messina, William M. Burdon and Michael L. Prendergast. (2003) Assessing the Needs of Women in Institutional Therapeutic Communities, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 37:2, 89-106.

Women offenders are 10 times more likely to suffer with depression and anxiety and 21 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts or attempts compared to male offenders.

Nena Messina, Christine Grella, William Burdon, and Michael Prendergast. (2007) Childhood adverse events and current traumatic distress: A comparison of men and women drug-dependent prisoners. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 34: 1385–1401

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HOPE & RESTORATION

to the women we serve