Incarcerated Women’s Program
In 2002, Through These Doors conducted a study which showed that approximately 95% of incarcerated women experienced abuse at the hands of an intimate partner. Recognizing the connection between incarceration and domestic abuse, TTD began to offer support groups for incarcerated women at the Cumberland County Jail and Maine Correctional Center, later adding programs at the Southern Maine Women’s Reentry Center.
This innovative programming as offered by domestic violence advocates is one of only a few in the United States. Partnerships with Maine Pretrial and other community agencies strengthen this important work, whose goal is to keep victims of abuse safer, strengthen families, and ultimately reduce further involvement with the criminal justice system.
In response to the global pandemic, Through These Doors’ advocates initiated a new project called ‘The Mini-Mag,’ a fun, helpful virtual magazine for women who were incarcerated during this challenging time. As we were no longer on-site at the Maine Correctional Center, we wanted the women there to know that we were still available to them. The content was intended to be instructional, interactive, and entertaining, with notes of encouragement, journal exercises, and games.
This initiative received recognition and praise at the national level from the Vera Institute of Justice. For example, see the links below.
Please contact us to learn more.