Factsheet: Women in detention and body searches

Body searches are moments when abuses are likely to occur, in particular for women detainees and visitors. For this reason, body searches should always be conducted in accordance with the principles of legality, necessity, and proportionality. Penitentiary staff should also ensure the dignity of the person is respected.

In this factsheet, you will find key issues related to body searches as well as important recommendations for change.

To learn more about women and body searches, visit our campaign page.