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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Report
Women’s Decarceration

Financial Counselling Practice Guidance: Integrating financial counselling in a legal setting for effective collaborative practice

The CIJ delivered a ground breaking financial counselling service pilot to women in Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

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Report
Systemic Reform

Unstacking the odds: Towards positive interventions at the intersection of gambling and crime

The purpose of this Issues Paper is to build on the CIJ’s, 2017 report 'Compulsion, convergence or crime', by highlighting relevant literature and case law which has emerged since this 2017 work was conducted.

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Submission
Disability Justice

Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The CIJ has made a joint submission with the Voices for Change self-advocacy group to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. This submission is intended to be read in conjunction with the Our Voices podcast series which forms part of the CIJ and Voices for Change submission to the Royal Commission.

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Family Violence

Pre-court support for AVITH pilot

The CIJ was thrilled to kick off its partnership and co-location with Youthlaw with a two-year collaborative project funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board. Building on the findings of the PIPA Project, this project will enable us to explore and test early family violence legal and non-legal support options for young people who use or experience violence.

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Criminal Record Discrimination

Rethinking Criminal Records Checks

Building on earlier successful work addressing this issue, the Rethinking Criminal Records project will educate employers and job seekers about their rights and obligations in disclosing criminal history.

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Women’s Decarceration

Feasibility Study – Residential Program for Aboriginal Women

The CIJ has embarked on an exciting new collaboration with Djirra and Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Indigenous Consulting to develop a model and plan for implementation for a residential program for Aboriginal women in Victoria.

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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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Submission
Systemic Reform

Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria

The CIJ recently made a joint submission with the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women to the Victorian Parliament Legal and Social Issues Committee’s Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria. We support the initiative of the Victorian Government in recognising that homelessness is an ongoing and complex issue.

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Submission
Systemic Reform

Review of Age of Criminal Responsibility

The CIJ recently made a submission to the Council of Attorneys-General as part of their review of the age of criminal responsibility in Australia.

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Report
Family Violence

The PIPA project: Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home

This report contributes to an understanding of adolescent violence in the home (AVITH) and explores the development of a considered systemic response.

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Submission
Systemic Reform

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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Disability Justice

Supporting Justice

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

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System Map
Project
Disability Justice

Supporting Justice System Map

The Supporting Justice System Map is a visualisation of some of the factors that impact on people with disability in contact with the criminal justice system. The map was developed by the Centre for Innovative Justice, together with Paper Giant, as part of the early design work to create supportingjustice.net. Stakeholders from across the justice, disability and social service sectors contributed their time to consult on the creation of this resource.

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Disability Justice

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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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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Family Violence

Risk & Needs Assessment Practice Team (formerly 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 (incorporating Child Witness 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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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 is conducting an ongoing evaluation of Women Transforming Justice (WTJ), a collaboration between the Fitzroy Legal Service (incorporating Darebin Community Legal Centre), the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women (LACW) and Flat Out.

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Submission
Systemic Reform

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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