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The CIJ advocates for a better justice system through a range of forums including media articles, opinion pieces, speeches and our blog. To request media comment, please contact RMIT Central Communications on +61 439 704 077.

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Court Innovation during COVID-19 Crisis

Often out of adversity comes opportunity. COVID-19 is disrupting all aspects of our lives at the moment and will continue to do so for months.

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COVID-19, prisons and the courts

Should prisoners be released because of the risks around coronavirus? And the case of the homeless man, just released from prison who was fined $250 for salvaging pies and iced coffees from a dumpster.

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A note from CIJ’s Director

We are facing unique and difficult times with the onset of the Coronavirus here in Australia. Not only will COVID-19 change the way we operate as an organisation, but it will put added stress on everyone working in, or associated with, the justice system.

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The importance of financial counselling

CIJ's Financial Counsellor, Sarah Davidson, recently appeared on Saturday Night with Dr Sally Cockburn, 3AW to discuss the importance of financial counselling

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‘Invisible’ victims of teenage violence are already suffering in silence. The legal system is making the problem worse

The abuse began soon after Anita's* eldest son hit his teenage years, she says, and quickly escalated from simple back-chatting to full-blown physical assaults.

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Launch of the PIPA project – Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home (AVITH)

The launch of the PIPA project on Tuesday 3 March was a chance to reflect on how far we’ve come in the CIJ journey – as well as how much still lies ahead.

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Adolescent family violence is a growing problem – and the legal system is making it worse

Adolescents are consistently identified as perpetrators of violence against family members. We know this from a decade of Victorian court and police data. Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence also highlighted the growing recognition that adolescent perpetration is a serious concern.

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Students

Where are they now? with Alex

The CIJ catches up with former RMIT Master of Social Work student Alex to find out what she's been up to since graduating.

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Old convictions for minor crimes to be wiped from the records

We are delighted that this important reform is happening and that our work with Woor Dungin is being recognised! Bravo Jill Hennenssey MP!

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Measuring crime harm − The reality behind the statistics

The CIJ provided input to the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) on the development of a Crime Harm Index for Victoria.

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Dorothy Armstrong
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Voices for Change self-advocates call on policy makers to listen

"It's about the people in power, policymakers, government, knowing the truth of what happens to people like me in the criminal justice system" CIJ’s Dorothy Armstrong on Voices for Justice training for self-advocates.

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Students

Where are they now? with Kate O’Connor

The CIJ catches up with former RMIT Juris Doctor student Kate O'Connor to find out what she's been up to since graduating.

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Victim Services & Child Witness Service Reviews

The CIJ is in the final reporting phase of Stage 2 of its review of services for victims of crime, commissioned by Victim Services, Support and Reform within the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

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New resource on perpetrator intervention systems

Bringing together and articulating the complexity of perpetrator intervention systems to improve family safety.

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New project with Djirra

The CIJ is embarking on an exciting new collaboration with Djirra and PWC’s Indigenous Consulting to develop a model and plan for implementation for a residential program for Aboriginal women in Victoria.

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Inaugural Voices for Justice participants graduate with flying colours!

The inaugural Voices for Justice training program has wrapped up on a high as our first round of self-advocates took part in a graduation ceremony at the CIJ earlier this week.

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Supporting Justice website now live!

Supporting Justice is a website that provides practical resources for court and legal professionals to better respond to people with disability in the criminal justice system

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Students

Where are they now? with Paula O’Byrne

The CIJ catches up with former RMIT Juris Doctor student Paula O'Byrne to find out what she's been up to since graduating.

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Legal Services Board funds Aboriginal employment program

Work removing barriers to employment for Aboriginal people will be extended thanks to a new grant from the Victorian Legal Services Board.

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Exciting new partnership with Youthlaw!

The CIJ is thrilled to kick off its partnership and co-location with Youthlaw with a new project looking at early intervention support for young people who use or experience family violence.

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Financial counselling – some early data

Our important financial counselling work with women at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC) prison has now been running for three months.

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Students

Volunteer opportunity for RMIT JD students – Neighbourhood Justice Centre Fines Clinic Spring 2019

Do you have a passion for social justice? Would you like experience working in a real courthouse?If yes, we need your help to provide a service for City of Yarra residents dealing with fines and infringements.

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MEDIA RELEASE: CIJ launches new restorative justice service after successful pilot

A new restorative justice program that responds to crime committed by adults in Victoria has been launched by the Centre for Innovative Justice (CIJ) at RMIT University.

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