Rosh Chodesh Society

Hinda CARES Women & Family Support

 

The Hinda Institute coordinates a weekly peer support group. The group provides encouragement for each other as well as providing information and education for those new to the system and our community. The issues around incarceration are difficult for families to discuss openly in groups and there is little customized support. We provide a non-judgmental forum to dialogue and share openly.
 
Additionally, a large percentage of our families have adult children either with addiction or mental health issues or both. These families have to also deal with the stresses of the perpetrator’s mental health issues, financial support and housing. We are currently working to provide additional support for these families.

For further information please contact Ms. Vickie Block or Abby, coordinators.

 

Understanding the Issue - Effects on Families

When a person commits a crime, there are multiple victims who suffer. All families suffer when someone in a family does a crime and often they also become ostracized from the community. These families, spouses and children of the perpetrator are often innocent, ignorant of the crime, or even have been directly abused. 

  •  Family members of incarcerated individuals are often referred to as "hidden victims".  They are victims of the criminal justice system who are neither acknowledged nor given a platform to be heard in the justice system. They receive little personal support and do not benefit from the systemic societal mechanisms generally available to direct crime victims, despite the similarities.
  • There is less social support to cope with the stress associated with their partner’s imprisonment as friends and family and the community withdraw because of the stigma (Arditti 2003). The partner’s absence is not publicly mourned or socially validated. This can lead to exacerbated grief (Arditti 2003). 
  • Support systems in the community may be falling short due to censure.