Women in Secure Hospitals – Group Award Nominee – 2001

The group works on behalf of women detained in secure hospitals, secure units and prison psychiatric units. Through its work it has highlighted the fact that a large percentage of women in the secure system have experienced male violence as children and/or as adults. They have also raised the importance of the secure system understanding that women are in secure settings for very different reasons than men, and have very different needs. The majority of these women need not be detained in such high levels of security. WISH’s campaign over the last decade has moved the Government to accept that action needs to be taken to move women out of high security conditions into a safe and caring environment for women-centred treatment.