Online Forum Audio- Women in the Justice System
This podcast is the audio from session one of three of an online forum designed to start conversation around women in the justice system and the need to do things differently. Facilitated by the Living Free Project, this session explores the pathways for many women to justice involvement and evidence based responses for desistance through discussions with two accomplished researchers.
16 Feb 2021
Personal safety- increasing protection for those most vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
Whilst younger girls are identified most often as victims of repeated crimes, the vulnerability and risks remain present for our vulnerable and marginalised girls and women across their lives. Whilst their repeated victimisation goes unreported, one only needs to chat with a woman in the justice system to see that repeated exploitation continues well beyond early adolescence. With the challenges of evidencing the reports, barriers in accessing support to address the psychological toll of this exploitation (as discussed in the last episode) and the scrutinty the girls and women are exposed to around their own behaviours, the system is far from one of safety and support. In this episode we explore the sexual exploitation of girls and women and speak with two frontline workers who are supporting young girls to increase their personal safety to combat the regular risks they face in the community.
29 Oct 2020
Complex trauma- Why is the right mental health support so hard?
Significant research into women involved in the justice system has highlighted a majority present with histories of trauma stemming from early childhood and compounded through multiple traumatic events over time. Complex trauma is something that is not well defined in Australia and subsequently relevant practice policies and frameworks are yet to be established for the multiple services that women with complex trauma are in contact with. Addressing multiple needs of a woman is challenged through a fragmented service system that is designed with services funded to respond to one issue at the one time. This approach leaves many women who have multiple and complex needs falling through the gaps and experiencing ongoing physical, sexual and emotional harm. There has been significant movement in services skilling up their workforce to be trauma-informed and whilst this is a positive step-forward, the challenge is that the model of care required to support individuals with complex trauma appears to be non-existent in the Victorian Mental Health System.
8 Sep 2020
Prevention in Policing- Young Girls Reported Missing
The Living Free Project works not only with women in the justice system however also young girls aged 10-17 reported missing. Our work with the young girls has raised our awareness of how a missing persons report can be used as a red flag for other factors that often pave the way to a trajectory of offending. Furthermore a targeted and personalised effort to address the reasons as to why that individual is going missing is essential to building those protective factors and reducing the risk factors that are likely to bring them in contact with the justice system
19 Aug 2020
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