Helping offenders’ families

Forgotten victims Everyone knows that family support is key to going straight; a common-sense factor which is also confirmed by the evidence base; a recent Prison Inspectorate report concluded: While many families are devastated by the imprisonment of a loved one, others may admit to mixed feelings or even relief that a sometimes disruptive or violent person has left the family home. Most organisations working with offenders are focused on the individual and have little time or resources to provide advice or support to family members. However, there are a number of organisations specifically dedicated to this work and this resource page lists the main organisations which can help. Inevitably, many good examples have been left out. If you run or have experience of an organisation which provides support to families, please: Get in touch.