Research + Projects

The CIJ undertakes research and makes submissions on the themes of restorative justice, family violence, women's decarceration and systemic reform. We work in partnership with the justice sector, government and justice system users, as well as independently.

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Restorative Justice

Restorative justice conferencing pilot for serious driving offences

Access the project report ‘It’s healing to hear another person’s story and also to tell your own story’ here.

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Systemic Reform

Voices for Justice

The Voices for Justice program supports people with disability and lived experience of the criminal justice system to be self-advocates.

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Family Violence

Integrated Counselling & Case Management Program design

The CIJ is providing further support to the Magistrates' Court of Victoria's family violence reforms through the design of the Integrated Counselling and Case Management program.

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Systemic Reform

Children’s Court of Victoria Service Delivery Reform Project

This project aims to use human centred design to improve the experiences of all Children's Court users.

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Systemic Reform

Victim Service Review

The Victorian Department of Justice & Community Safety has asked the CIJ to review the state's service and support system for victims of crime.

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Systemic Reform

Supporting Justice

Supporting Justice is aimed at improving the justice system's responses to mental health and disability.

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Report
Systemic Reform

Best practice communication with victims: A study for the OPP

The CIJ was commissioned by the Office of Public Prosecutions (Victoria) to provide advice about communicating more effectively with victims of crime.

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Family Violence

Pathways Towards Accountability

Mapping the journeys of perpetrators of family violence and the roles and responsibilities of services and agencies.

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Evaluation
Women’s Decarceration

Women Transforming Justice

The CIJ will conduct an evaluation of Women Transforming Justice, a collaboration between the Darebin Community Legal Centre, the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women (LACW) and Flat Out.

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Submission

Inquiry into Restitution and Compensation Orders

The CIJ has provided a submission to the Sentencing Advisory Council’s (SAC) inquiry into Restitution and Compensation Orders.

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Evaluation
Family Violence

Court Support 4 Kids

This project evaluates a program that supports women who come to court seeking Family Violence Intervention Orders while accompanied by their children. This page includes the project's two final publications: a Needs Assessment and an Evaluation.

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Family Violence

Consent Orders Research

This project looks at improving the process which occurs when parties negotiate and agree to the conditions of a Family Violence Intervention Order before it is formally ordered by a court.

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Family Violence

Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent Violence in the home

The PIPA Project examines the issue of adolescent use of family violence in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia and the response it receives from the justice and service system.

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Family Violence

Improved accountability – the role of perpetrator intervention systems

This multi-jurisdictional research project is looking at the existence or otherwise of perpetrator intervention systems across Australia.

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Family Violence

Review of Counselling Orders

The CIJ has reviewed the processes that enable Victoria's specialist Family Violence Courts to order perpetrators of family violence to participate in Men's Behaviour Change Programs.

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Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice Practices WorkSafe

The CIJ has been engaged by WorkSafe to identify opportunities to use restorative justice practices for injured workers in WorkSafe's claims and enforcement processes.

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Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice Practices TAC

The CIJ has been commissioned by the TAC to design and pilot a model of Restorative Justice practices that would add to the suite of options available to meet the complex needs of supported recovery clients.

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Project
Restorative Justice

Restorative engagement program at RMIT University

The CIJ is supporting RMIT to implement a Restorative Engagement Program in response to historical cases of sexual assault and harassment at the university.

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Project
Systemic Reform

Criminal Record Discrimination Project

The CIJ has been working with Woor-Dungin on this award-winning project that has achieved legislative change for those with historic criminal records in Victoria.

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Report
Systemic Reform

Enabling Justice ABI

The Acquired Brain Injury project researched, explored and identified ways to address the over-incarceration of people with an acquired brain injury.

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Submission
Family Violence

Australian Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Family Law System

The CIJ's targeted submission to this review focused on the experience of those using the family law system who have experienced family violence.

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Submission
Systemic Reform

Criminal Record Discrimination Project – Submission to Aboriginal Justice Forum

This submission endorses the need for a legislated spent convictions scheme & anti-discrimination reforms to improve outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.

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Submission
Systemic Reform

Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

The CIJ provided a submission into the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in NT which argues that the detention of children and young people should not be countenanced.

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