Criminogenic Needs of Violent Sex Offenders

By Linda Maule.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Semi structured indepth interviewing was conducted on Western Australian prisoners who had committed violent sex offences. Emerging themes include typical commonalities such as alcohol and drug abuse, dysfunctional childhoods and abuse, poor attachment, and for Indigenous participants, themes of colonisation trauma. In addition however was a common theme involving constant movement as a child which the participant continued into adulthood both geographically and with employment. The author labelled this theme “When I feel comfortable, I feel uncomfortable”. The theme relates to attachment and this cohort’s inability to form intimate relationships with others. When things seemed to be going well for them, they grew fearful and either quit jobs or left relationships, to at least retain control over their lives in a way they understood.

Keywords: Violent Sex Offenders, Criminogenic Needs of Offenders, Sex Offenders, Violent Offenders

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.141-146. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 536.881KB).

Linda Maule

Manager, Offender Services, Offender Management Professional Development, Offender Services Women’s Custodial, Perth, WA, Australia

In 1992 Ms Maule completed her Bachelor of Social Work. She has worked for the Department of Corrective Services in Western Australia with both male and female offenders for over 16 years. She has worked in every prison in the state, which covers millions of square kilometres. Whilst working full-time Ms Maule has completed a Master of Social Work with the thesis subject on Exhibitionism and is currently completing her PhD on Violent Sex Offenders. After working mostly with males for the majority of her career, for the past couple of years she has worked with women’s custodial and feels passionate about having the needs of women recognised in the male dominated custodial field. She keeps herself sane by keeping fit and flying light aircraft. She is a Director of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia which provides her with a good life balance.


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