After being involved in the justice system, women may need support to positively integrate and re-engage with the community. The Women of Worth program works with these women, helping to make any lifestyle changes and reduce the risk of re-offending.
The program works alongside these women, and provides:
- pre- and post-release support,
- support to develop employable skills,
- social and emotional wellbeing programs,
- monthly outreach groups,
- support reconnecting with children and families,
- crisis accommodation,
- domestic violence support, and
- education and employment pathways.
In 2017, an evaluation of the program found that three quarters of WoW clients released from prison continued to live in the community after their release. At that time, only three (4%) clients returned to Darwin Correctional Centre for new charges, and 12 (15%) returned for breach of conditions.
In December 2018, Women of Worth won the prestigious Fitzgerald Justice Award for contributing significantly to the protection, promotion and fulfilment of human rights in the area of law and justice.
In November 2019, Women of Worth won the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Gold Community Award (read full article).
Women of Worth is funded by Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet through their Prison to Work program. For more information, contact (08) 8932 6866.