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.

Project
Systemic Reform

Child Witness Service Review

As part of the wider review of Victoria’s victim’s services, the CIJ was also commissioned by the Department of Justice and Community Safety to conduct a separate review of the Child Witness Service (CWS) in 2019.

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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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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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Project
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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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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Project
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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Project
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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Project
Criminal Record Discrimination

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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Submission
Criminal Record Discrimination

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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Project
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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Project
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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Project
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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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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Project
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

Pathways Towards Accountability

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

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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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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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Project
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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Project
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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