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SHE stands for Support, Help, and Engagement and is the name of the point of arrest diversion scheme for women in Avon and Somerset. SHE offers an opportunity for some women who have been arrested to avoid a charge, a court appearance and potentially a prison sentence by agreeing to engage with SHE and a range of support interventions. SHE aims to deliver many benefits by providing specially tailored support for women across the following areas:
We strive to help to reduce the potential for reoffending and ultimately avoid the women returning to the criminal justice system. Women can be referred in three ways:
- If the crime is suitable for a community resolution or conditional caution. This means women have to engage during the three month window of their conditional caution or community resolution.
- If the crime doesn’t quite fit the criteria for a conditional caution, the woman can request a voluntary referral.
- The woman can refer herself by contacting a SHE worker or, an external agency working with the woman can refer her.
For further information you can visit the Impact Pathways website:
“I am just open and honest, I feel like I can be myself with you and we can have a laugh and get things done”. - Service User