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The Oxford Handbook of Criminology

The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (7th edn)

Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, and Lesley McAra
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date: 28 May 2024

p. 43620. Understanding and rehabilitating men with sexual convictions: Theory, intervention, and compassionlocked

p. 43620. Understanding and rehabilitating men with sexual convictions: Theory, intervention, and compassionlocked

  • Nicholas Blagden
  •  and Belinda Winder

Abstract

This chapter explores the theory, intervention, and compassion to understand and rehabilitate men under sexual convictions. It examines some of the statistics and trends around sexual offending before considering the heterogeneity and severity of sexual offences. People with sexual convictions are a heterogeneous group often with complex needs and trauma histories. Thus, compassionate criminology recognizes the trauma frequently experienced by those with sexual convictions while advocating the intervention to focus on values, strengths, compassion, and other factors significant for human flourishing. Moreover, compassionate criminology aims to reduce harm and sexual victimization by allowing an opportunity for repair. The chapter considers the experience of imprisonment and the efficacy of intervention.

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