Being gender-responsive means creating an environment through site selection, staff selection, program development, content, and material that reflects an understanding of the lives of women and girls and responds to their strengths and challenges (Covington and Bloom).
1. Gender Acknowledge that gender makes a difference.
2. Environment Create an environment based on safety, respect, and dignity.
3. Relationships Develop policies, practices and programs that are relational and promote healthy connections to children, family, significant others, and the community.
4. Services and Supervision Address substance abuse, trauma, and mental health issues through comprehensive, integrated, culturally relevant services and appropriate supervision.
5. Socioeconomic Status Provide women with opportunities to improve their socioeconomic conditions.
6. Community Establish a system of community supervision and re-entry with comprehensive, collaborative services.
Gender-Responsive Strategies: Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders Report (Bloom, Owen, & Covington, 2003), published by the National Institute of Corrections
Treatment provided in a safe environment, with minimal risk of re-traumatization and with maximum support for healthy coping skills. (Covington & Bloom, 2006; Harris & Fallot, 2001)