Research + Projects

The CIJ undertakes research and makes submissions on the themes of Family Violence, Restorative Justice, User Experience of the Justice System and Multidisciplinary Practice. We work in partnership with the justice sector, government and justice system users, as well as independently.

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User Experience

Supporting Justice

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

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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
User Experience

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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Project
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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Project
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
Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice Conferencing for serious driving offences

This project aims to better meet the needs of victims of crime and demonstrate the potential for improved justice system responses in the aftermath of crime.

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Report
User Experience

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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Project
User Experience

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
User Experience

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
User Experience

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
User Experience

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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Multidisciplinary Practice

Socialising the law: Combining social work and legal skills in a changing justice sector

This is a ground-breaking cross-disciplinary study looking at the respective skills of lawyers and social workers and how these different skills can usefully be combined in order to deliver a holistic service that meet clients’ needs.

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Submission
Restorative Justice

Coronial Council Appeals Review

The CIJ made a submission to the Coronial Council Appeals Review proposing restorative justice program for the coronial system.

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Submission
User Experience

Victorian Law Reform Commission – Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996

The CIJ provided a submission to the Victorian Law Reform - Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996, which looks at the background and the opportunities to correct these failures.

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Project
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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Report
User Experience

Compulsion, convergence or crime?

Contact with the criminal justice system as a form of gambling harm.

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