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.
This crucial project is funded by the Legal Services Board and provides gender-informed legal assistance specifically to women seeking bail, combined with follow up case management and other support to women either while they are in custody or in the community.
WTJ recognises the very particular needs of a growing cohort within our community: women on remand – as well as the disproportionate impacts that recent bail and other legislative reforms have had on women and their children.
The CIJ’s evaluation over the life of the project is assessing its implementation, the specific needs of women on remand and the extent to which the service is meeting these needs. Importantly, the evaluation is also measuring to the extent possible how the project is raising awareness of these needs within the legal system and prompting a shift towards a more evidence-based, gender-informed approach.
Elena Campbell is leading the CIJ’s work on this project, supported by Lucy Macmillan, Evaluation Consultant from Clear Horizon.