Research + Projects

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.

This project has now concluded and you can read the report below.

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Women Transforming Justice – Final Evaluation Report released!

December 2020 marks 10 years since the UN adopted the Bangkok Rules - recognition that women in contact with the criminal justice system require gender-specific, non-custodial responses. Our evaluation of the Women Transforming Justice project shows the value of gender specific approaches to addressing unacceptable rises in women's incarceration in Victoria. Look out for more in 2021 around this vital issue.

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Blog

COVID-19 and incarcerated women: a call to action in two parts – Part Two

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Media

WTJ features in this recent article in The Age

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Key People

Elena Campbell

Elena Campbell

Associate Director of Research, Advocacy & Policy

Elena is a lawyer, speechwriter and former political staffer who has worked in legal and social policy for nearly 20 years. Elena’s expertise includes therapeutic justice, equal opportunity and human rights, as well as the prevention and elimination of violence against women.

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Women Transforming Justice

Lucy Macmillan

Evaluation Consultant, Clear Horizon