Women in Prison

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Unit 10 The Ivories,6 Northampton Street
N1 2HY


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Women in Prison (WIP) is a unique national charity supporting women affected by the criminal justice system and campaigning to prevent the damage caused by imprisonment to women and their families.

WIP delivers support, advice and counselling across the women's prison estate in England and continues that engagement into the community by meeting with a woman on the day of her release and with our women's centres.

Our women's centres - WomenMATTA in Manchester, the Beth Centre in Lambeth and the Women's Support Centre in Woking - are all one-stop-shops that provide a safe and supportive environment for women.

Key to what we do is to offer support that is holistic, across all the difficulties and barriers faced by women affected by the criminal justice system including domestic and sexual violence, poor mental and physical health, addiction, homelessness, debt and unemployment.

WIP also strives to be a platform for the voice of women in prison and in the community to speak out, be heard and increase confidence and well-being. We run a number of creative art-based programmes and competitions as well as produce a national magazine led by and for women in prison.

We were founded in 1983 by Chris Tchaikovsky after her experience of being imprisoned. Our 30 years' experience working with women in the system informs our campaigns. We draw on our expertise regarding women affected by the criminal justice system to influence policy-makers, the media and the public to raise awareness of what is still a hidden world behind the prison gates.

Our mission is to significantly reduce the women's prison population and strengthen investment in women's community support services.

Thank you for your support for WIP and the women we work with - we really couldn't do this without you!

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