A Brief Guide for the Community Supervision of Female DWI/DUI Offenders
Contracting Agency: The Century Council

Increasing numbers of women have entered the justice system with convictions for DWI/DUI. This Guide highlights some of the available research regarding female-responsive practices and strategies that can help bring about pro-social changes in women who are placed on community supervision for Driving While Intoxicated/Driving Under the Influence (DWI/DUI). It was developed to help practitioners make informed decisions and use effective supervision strategies.

The Guide discusses pathways and that lead to female DWI/DUI convictions, including the impact of relational, trauma, addiction and other issues. It also identifies some of the dynamics that have been associated with DWI/DUI convictions for women. These include:

  • The impact of trauma
  • Economic marginalization
  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Mental health issues
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • The unique impact created by the responsibilities for children in their lives

Effective behavioral change for justice-involved women depends upon the use of evidence-based supervision strategies and principles. Practices include the risk, need, responsivity, treatment and dosage principles which address the unique needs of female DWI/DUI offenders. Community supervision begins with a comprehensive assessment which culminates with a female-responsive case management plan. The need to combine substance abuse treatment and trauma treatment is also explored. Other supervision strategies include use of appropriate monitoring technology and addressing life issues such as employment, housing and responsibilities for children.

This Guide was developed and published by the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) with support from the Century Council.

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Mary Ann Mowatt
Research Associate
American Probation and Parole Association
PO Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578–1910
Phone: (859) 420-4305
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