Incarcerated women face tremendous obstacles in their quest for justice, health and healing. Beyond Violence offers a concrete tool that could be used to equip service providers who are committed to join them in their quest. The curriculum reflects a solid understanding that women who use violence have often been victimized themselves and builds on strengths rather than furthering pathology. It is a user-friendly intervention tool that promises to make a difference in women's lives. Covington has made a critically important contribution that will benefit one of the most disadvantaged groups in our society.
Professor, African American Studies and Director of IRRPP
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
A pioneer in trauma-informed and gender-responsive treatment for prisoners, Covington has once again brought to the field an immensely important, timely and useful resource. Beyond Violence offers an approach to working with imprisoned women that is an approachable and adaptable resource. Beyond Violence offers the opportunity for imprisoned women to understand their trauma, relate their experience to their justice system involvement and begin a journey toward recovery. As always, Covington's work is thoughtful, sensitive, and well organized. It provides facilitators with tools that are understandable and useable. Her work is insightful, smart and on target.
—Martin F. Horn
Distinguished Lecturer, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Executive Director, New York State Sentencing Commission
No one is more qualified than Stephanie Covington to design this prevention program for women tangled in the criminal legal system. Her decades-long commitment to incarcerated women and girls, research on these women and girls, and practices to best assist them is unprecedented. Even knowing all of this, I am impressed with the comprehensiveness, compassion, creativity, and sensibility of the Beyond Violence curriculum and design.
—Joanne Belknap, PhD
Professor and Department Chair of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder
President-Elect, American Society of Criminology
Dr. Covington once again breaks ground with Beyond Violence in making a significant contribution to the treatment field by addressing a critical and often-ignored segment of the women offender world: violent female offenders. Drawing on the science of transformation and what we know about the context of violence for women as offenders and as victims, this curriculum offers women a gendered path away from violence, anger and trauma and toward personal healing and prevention of future victimization.
—Barbara Owen, PhD
Department of Criminology
California State University-Fresno
With creativity, depth and wisdom, Dr. Covington builds on her previous evidence-based work to create an intervention specifically designed with and for women who have been incarcerated for violent crimes, the majority of whom are victims of violence, themselves. Part of what is so compelling about Stephanie’s work is the ease with which she distills such a vast wealth of knowledge and experience—including up-to-date research, cutting-edge theory, clinical expertise and the voices of women talking about their lives—into such a clear, accessible and deeply touching treatment program. With grace, honesty and compassion, Beyond Violence offers an island of reflection and safety for women to explore the impact of violence on their lives, to develop new understanding and skills, and to create a larger sense of community to support and nurture these changes.
—Carole Warshaw, MD
Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
Beyond Violence addresses a widely ignored, but crucial aspect of women’s healing as they traverse through the criminal justice system. It provides a tangible and effective path for women to move beyond the grip of anger and the destructiveness of violence toward self-realization and empowerment. It is an important addition to any provider’s tool kit!
—Lorraine Robinson, LSW, ACSW
Executive Director, TJ Mahoney & Associates and Ka Hale Hòala Hou No Na Wahine
Relevant and timely, the Beyond Violence curriculum teaches, motivates and transforms behavior. Effectively crafted, the information in the Facilitator’s Guide and Participant Manual brings the classroom to life with compelling facts, meaningful exercises and opportunity for rich dialogue. The use of the DVD What I Want My Words To Do To You provides a riveting tale that enables brilliant epiphany and new ways of knowing. Rich in theory, yet simply stated, the curriculum provides a path for a transformative journey for women seeking a peaceful relationship with self, community and society. Beyond Violence is Dr. Stephanie Covington’s comprehensive gift to women, their therapists and ubiquitous advocates who want to make this world a safe and just world in which to live.
Ably expressed by members of the target population, “Beyond Violence helped me understand the cost of violence. Now, I can begin to forgive, heal and love again.”
—Melanie Spector, EdD, LPC
Department of Corrections