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How might faith communities promote desistance from sexual crime? An exploration of theory

Kewley, S How might faith communities promote desistance from sexual crime? An exploration of theory. In: Winder, B, Blagden, N, Lievesley, R, Hocken, K and Banyard, P, (eds.) Sexual Crime and Faith, Religion and Spirituality. Palgrave. (Accepted)

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Abstract

This chapter considers a number of theories that help our understanding of the desistance process for those convicted of sexual offending; in particular it contemplates how a faith, or a religious context might serve as a mechanism to help foster a process of desistance. The chapter first briefly outlines the current rehabilitation landscape highlighting why there is a need to consider informal rehabilitation approaches such as those available in faith communities. Following this, the Good Lives Model (GLM) is presented and serves as a foundation to support the case that a religious context may help promote the desistance process for those convicted of sexual offending. Following this, a range of theories from the desistance literature are also included. In conclusion, when knitted together, GLM and desistance theories are strengthened and support the notion that informal structures (such as religious communities) ought to be capitalised upon and used in conjunction with formal risk management measures.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Palgrave
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2019 10:16
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2019 10:16
Editors: Winder, B, Blagden, N, Lievesley, R, Hocken, K and Banyard, P
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10155

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