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In the media
June 2021: Lives in the Law Podcast presented by William and Lonsdale, featuring Jill.
16 May 2021: The Age, Rachel was jailed for stealing an ice-cream. In Victoria. In 2020 by Royce Millar, Tammy Mills and Chris Vedelago quoting Elena in relation to bail reform.
31 August 2020: The Lawyers Weekly, Justice system biases target female offenders by Naomi Neilson.
2 February 2020: ABC, Jamming the revolving door of women in prison, by Hayley Gleeson. Jill Prior is putting a new spin on lady justice.
The artwork used on this website – Healing Garden – was created by Stacey, a proud Taungurung/Boon Wurrung artist with experience of the criminal legal system. As Stacey explains, “the healing garden is a place of refuge. The blue tongue lizard goes there to get away from the environment of the jail. This is the…Details
On Saturday, 29 June 2019 get together with your friends to host a meal and support our work with vulnerable women We are excited to invite our friends and supporters to take part in LACW’s annual Justice Dinners. These are our major fundraising event where we ask you to get together with your friends to…Details
LACW is committed to supporting our clients to get bail and stay out on bail. This is how women keep their kids and their housing. It’s also how a sentencing court can see what a woman can do with case management support. See the attached article regarding the rising numbers of unsentenced prisoners swelling Victoria’s…Details
Three years ago, we responded to the growing numbers of women in prison, especially women being held on remand, pre-sentence by developing Victoria’s first dedicated criminal defence practice for women. We get women out on bail. We get them linked to services and that means we get them better outcomes at the point of sentence.…Details
LACW thanks Arnold Bloch Leibler, the Human Rights Law Centre and Women’s Health West for Being Bold for Change this IWD
International Women’s Day 2017 has been a time for LACW for reflect on the work achieved in the last 12 months and the considerable work that we see ahead. Our Principal, Jillian Prior was a panelist at two excellent IWD events this year. At the Women’s Health West breakfast, Jill joined an impressive line up…Details
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…Details
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…Details
The Law Institute of Victoria has profiled LACW to coincide with our official launch.
Done by Law program on the spike in rates of imprisonment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria with special guest, Ruth Barson from the Human Rights Law Centre, 3CR Community Radio.