Women in the Criminal Justice System

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Ali Beach



Is anyone aware of any services that provide any kind of support to women who either have a diagnosis of or ASD traits that are involved in the CJS or who are at risk of offending. Either in London or regional.

Many thanks

December 20, 2017 - 10:23am

Hi Ali

I'm not sure if you've read the piece on our website about the work St Giles Trust have done in supporting autistic women in the criminal justice system? You can read it here

The Autism Services Directory lists details of autism-friendly services throughout the UK. Using Advanced Search allows you search using keywords such as criminal justice, which may bring up a service.

Finally, we have a group specifically for those interested in Criminal Justice and autism. Please feel free to join and post your enquiry in there, as one of the group's members may be aware of a service specifically for autistic females.

Many thanks,



December 20, 2017 - 11:26am

Thanks, Chris. I was part of the ASD project when it launched but, unfortunately, the funding ended after 2 years.

I will join the group.

Thanks again


January 15, 2018 - 1:08am

In Hampshire CRC and NPS we have a service that works with women who come through the CJS and are on probation.  Their Offender Managers refer to our service and they are then allocated an autism specialist.  

Although we have not had many come to our attention over the last 5 years, they do get referred.




March 08, 2018 - 7:50pm

I would be interested to know, for both males and females who are autistic, whether their rights have been breached in the criminal justice system because they have been convicted of crimes for which they have diminished responsibility or lack full capacity to be guilty of, due to their ASD.  IQ is irrelevant when it comes to understanding in ASD as it is a learning difficulty and there are deficits in social understanding.  Many autistics are guilty of "mate crime" and are left carrying the can for others.