Preventing violence against young women exposed to the criminal justice system

Developing recommendations for violence prevention programs for justice-involved young women

It is estimated that between 70 and 90 per cent of justice-involved young women have a history of violence victimisation, including family and intimate partner violence. These experiences have immediate and long-lasting health and social impacts including homelessness and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Despite this, there are few violence prevention programs in Australia designed for young women involved in the criminal justice system that recognise the ways violence victimisation shapes young women’s interactions with the criminal justice system.

Co-developed with, and incorporating the expertise of people with lived victim-survivor and criminal justice experience, this project will synthesise the literature and develop recommendations for violence prevention programs for justice-involved young women.

Every stage of this project, from design to dissemination of outputs, engages people with lived experience and relevant organisations. Participants will include victim-survivors who have been exposed to the criminal justice system, youth advocates and front-line violence prevention and youth support staff.

This process will culminate in the creation of empirically-grounded recommendations for appropriate, viable and actionable criminal justice system-specific violence prevention programs.

University-based researchers

Dr Rohan Borschman, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Melissa Willoughby,  Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Claire Keen, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health  Sciences

Professor Stuart Kinner, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Dr Diana Johns, School of Social and Political Sciences

Dr Piers Gooding, Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Melbourne Law School

David Gallant, Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence

External collaborators

Jacqui Sundbery, The Youth Support and Advocacy Service

Bianca Johnston,  The Youth Support and Advocacy Service

Tamlynn Collins,  The Youth Support and Advocacy Service

Andrew Bruun,  The Youth Support and Advocacy Service

For information about this project, please contact:

Dr Rohan Borschmann
Centre for Health Equity
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Email: rohan.borschmann@unimelb.edu.au