The Justice Health Unit lodged a submission into the Parliament of Australia's House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence. This inquiry aims to inform the next National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children and examine how governments and the community can prevent violence against women and their children and better support those most at risk.
In the submission, our researchers Melissa Willoughby, Emilia Janca, Dr Rohan Borschmann, Prof Stuart Kinner and Dr Jesse Young argued that women who experience incarceration have an elevated risk of family, domestic and sexual violence victimisation, and therefore should be considered a priority group for violence prevention policies and violence victimisation support services. To access the submission, click here.
Evidence-informed policy decisions targeted at resourcing and optimising transitional health and social support for women are critical to reduce this group's risk of violence victimisation.