Some of us working in the criminal justice system have seen Victoria Police’s changing attitudes to family violence. Police now seem more likely to respond to and charge those accused of family violence. At LACW we are also observing a significant number of women, victims of family violence themselves, on the receiving end of police prosecuting for alleged breaches of mutual intervention orders. Without a doubt, this is an area ripe for further study but we are pleased to note this recent work from Monash Academics, Marie Segrave and Dean Wilson, shedding some light on some of the challenges facing police who are often our front line responders to family violence. Based on that research, they argue that more police will not necessarily lead to better outcomes on family violence

 

 

 

 

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Recent research  confirms what many of us working in the criminal justice system know to be true: women exiting prison are far more likely to return when housing issues and substance abuse are not adequately addressed. LACW commends programs that support women in prison and on release but our challenge to government is to fund those services for women BEFORE they hit the fast track to a custodial sentence and ongoing entrenchment in the criminal justice system.

We’re backing Smart Justice and their call for a commitment to Justice Reinvestment to head off further increases in Victoria’s prisoner numbers.

 

 

 

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