Women in Trouble

Connecting Women’s Law Violation to their Histories of Abuse

By Elizabeth Comack  

Paperback $22.95

This book addresses one of the more alarming findings to emerge about women in prison: the fact that 80 percent report histories of physical and sexual abuse.

“Elizabeth allows the women in this book to speak their own truth. It’s a graphic, shocking, depressing and absolutely necessary account of the connections between histories of abuse and trouble with the law.”

— Karen Toole-Mitchell, Winnipeg Free Press

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  • Elizabeth Comack

    University of Manitoba

    Elizabeth Comack is a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba. Over the past four decades she has written and conducted research on a variety of social justice topics. Her most recent book is Coming Back to Jail: Women, Trauma, and Criminalization. Elizabeth’s current research projects stem from her involvement in the Manitoba Research Alliance, a large consortium of academics and community partners engaged in SSHRC-funded research that addresses poverty in Indigenous and inner-city communities, and with Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, which is conducting a project entitled “Meeting Survivors’ Needs: Gender-Based Violence and the Criminal Justice System in Inuit Nunangat.”

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