How to cope with your partner going to prison

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How to cope with your partner going to prison
Having a partner in prison can be emotionally difficult. (alcatraz jail dining room image by Albo from

When someone you love goes to prison, everything about your relationship changes. Depending on the type of prison that your partner is in, he may or may not be allowed to receive visitors and his phone conversation privileges may be very limited. Since communication is such an important part of every relationship, these restrictions create a lot of hardship for couples. Learning to forgive your partner and lean on him and other community and family members for support will make it easier for you to deal with the emotions that come with having a partner in prison.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Understand the reason your partner went to jail and determine whether or not you can forgive him for the crime he committed.

  2. 2

    Forgive your partner and vow to work hard to make the relationship succeed.

  3. 3

    Visit him as often as you are able to and communicate as much as possible. Be supportive of your partner, but also make sure he understands that you need his support as well.

  4. 4

    Stay positive and encourage your partner to do the same.

  5. 5

    Join a local support group to build friendship with and get advice from people who are going through the same struggles that you are.

Tips and warnings

  • Be patient. Realise that your partner is going to be going through a lot while spending his time in prison. But also be patient with yourself, as you too will be going through many life changes.

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