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.

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

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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Report

Compulsion, convergence or crime?

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

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Project

Access to Justice Through Technology

Accessible justice continues to be an ongoing problem in Australia. However, the new and expanding area of design thinking, the use of legal apps and innovative technology in the law is starting to address this.

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Report

Integrating the Indefensible – What Role Should the Community Play?

The Centre was commissioned to provide a theoretical and evidence base for community based support and supervision of serious violent offenders.

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Report
Students

Student research project: A Federal Charter of Human Rights

RMIT JD students authored a report for the Australian Human Rights Commission exploring and evaluating the effect that a federal Charter of Human Rights would have had on the outcomes of significant Australian cases and laws.

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Report
Family Violence

Swift, Certain and Fair Sentencing of family violence offenders

The CIJ has provided a submission to the Sentencing Advisory Council’s (SAC) review into Swift, Certain and Fair Sentencing of family violence offenders.

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Project
Family Violence

Setting the Foundation for Compliance

Improving Comprehension and Compliance with Family Violence Intervention Orders.

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Submission

Victorian Law Reform Commission Review: The role of victims in the criminal trial process

This submission argues that the adversarial trial process is failing victims and offenders alike.

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Report
Interdisciplinary Practice

Multidisciplinary Response Model Project

This project developed a business case for the establishment of multidisciplinary integrated response in the Southern Melbourne region addressing repeat and chronic family violence cases.

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Report

Justice Index

The CIJ has conducted initial scoping work to explore the ways in which the performance of justice experiences are measured, as well as experienced by users.

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Submission
Family Violence

Family Violence Royal Commission

The Mental Health’s Legal Centre Inside Access program through collaboration with the CIJ provided a submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

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Report
Family Violence

Opportunities for early intervention: bringing perpetrators of family violence into view

This report turns the spotlight on perpetrators of family violence.

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Report
Restorative Justice

Innovative Responses to Sexual Offending

The report discusses innovative justice responses to sexual offending. In particular, it provides a blueprint for governments and legal systems to explore the establishment of restorative justice approaches which can better meet the needs of victims of sexual offences.

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Project

Affordable Justice

This report identified innovative strategies for making access to private legal assistance more affordable for most Australians.

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Evaluation

Fair Work Commission Evaluations

The Centre for Innovative Justice undertakes consultancies and program evaluations and has been engaged by the Fair Work Commission to evaluate a number of pilot and ongoing programs.

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