We work with thousands of family members each year via our Helpline and through our 1:1 Support / Family Support Coordinators, helping them with issues such as housing, finance, travel, and health.
One of the greatest challenges for families affected by imprisonment is the feeling of isolation as they face these issues.
It is important, however, to remember that you are not alone, and here is your opportunity to read, watch, and listen to others who have similar experience. If you have a story you would like to share, please Contact Us.
The following videos, audio clips, and stories are all real accounts of issues that family members have faced and aim to show that you are not alone.
Depression, Anxiety, and School Issues
Shunned by her community, friends, and family, Jane struggled to balance work and family life.
Dad on Short-Term Sentence – Building Bonds with Kids
Brian had been made redundant and was having difficulty finding a job. He became depressed and started to use alcohol as a coping mechanism.
Step by step
The voices of three family members voices telling of their experience during arrest, court and release & resettlement.
I was fifteen when my big brother first went in to prison
A young girl explains how she felt when her brother went to prison and how she tried to maintain contact.
A Spouse’s Story
My story started on a late evening when there was a knock at the door and a gang of policemen came to arrest my partner
A Mum’s Story
John was having difficulties at school with poor concentration and behaviour. Dad has been in prison all John’s life, however John wasn’t aware of his offence, and he wanted to know more.
Cross-Party Group Meetings
I am really grateful for the help and support offered by Families Outside at a time when I was a very lost soul.
Police Scotland’s Early Intervention Team
Anna was 15 when she was referred to us by Police Scotland’s early intervention team.
A mother’s concern for her son’s mental health
Susie contacted Families Outside after her son was sentenced to Polmont Young Offenders Institution.
Families and the Media
A family member speaks of her experience with the media and the negative impacts that it has had on her family.
Losing access to children
A former prisoner explains how she lost access to her children and how, even now, she can only see them under supervised contact.
Playing Our Part
Reflections from different families on the experience of having a substance misusing member of the family go to prison.
Adjusting, Adjusting, Re-adjusting
The voices of different families talking about their journey through the experience of having relative in prison.
Blame, Guilt & Grief – a father’s story
Looking back I can’t imagine how we lived through this and can’t imagine how we would have coped if we had never found out about Families Outside. When I arrived home after a great round of golf on very sunny day my feelings were high. However that was to change and when I was told the […]
What is a Victim?
A mum’s story… According to the Oxford Dictionary a victim is, “A person harmed, injured or killed as a result of crime, accident, or other event or action”. My son and I lived in a small village. We had both grown up there. It’s the kind of village where everyone knows everyone. My son, Scot, […]
Family Support – Why We Do What We Do
Family Support – Why We Do What We Do Our Regional Family Support Coordinator (RFSC) in Tayside has been supporting three members of the same family – mum and two younger siblings of a young man currently in prison. Through meeting with mum it became apparent that the young man had been very disruptive and […]
Part I – The Powerful Story of a Friend of Families Outside
Part I – The Powerful Story of a Friend of Families Outside I was invited to visit by my youngest son, who had supported his brother throughout. He broke the law. At the jail, my son checks he had ID. “You coming?”, he says. I get out of the car. But I could not go […]
Part II – The Powerful Story of a Friend of Families Outside
Part II – The Powerful Story of a Friend of Families Outside In November 2016 we published the first part of a powerful story of a Friend of Families Outside who’s son had been in prison. Now in this second part, his mother tells the sorry of her experience of his return to the community… […]
Counting Days Till We’re A Family Again
Counting Days Till We’re A Family Again Newspaper article citing the harrowing case of one mother’s experience of police entering her home to arrest her husband on suspicion of fraud. Article by Laura Cummings, published in the Edinburgh Evening NewsPublication Date: 05 February 2009 http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/features/Counting-days-until-were-a.4949475.jp
by HL The unknown. The biggest fear of them all. Not knowing what will happen. For me it was the worst I could imagine. All eyes were on me as I entered. Everyone was staring at me. My heart was racing, head reeling, heart pounding. Unsure of what was coming my way. I had never […]