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Civil Consequences of Women's Criminal Records

Strategies for Advocates

By Amy E. Hirsch

Our current policies on drug use, incarceration, and the civil consequences of criminal records hurt women and children and reinforce problems of domestic violence, sexual assault, and addictions. Advocates can help reverse this trend by recognizing these implications when handling individual cases, developing systemic advocacy, and educating policymakers about the need for trauma-informed services and addiction prevention programs for survivors of abuse.

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