YSAS public health industry partnership project

Project Details


Young people are more likely to be involved with the criminal justice system than other age groups. Young people involved in the criminal justice system often experience poor health, including mental illness, substance use issues, violence victimisation, and self-harm, and social disadvantages, including homelessness, and difficulties accessing education and employment. This project is a close collaboration between the Justice Health Unit and YSAS (Youth Support and Advocacy Service), laying the groundwork for rigorous, translational research designed to improve the lives of Victoria’s most vulnerable young people.

The first stage of this project will synthesise the literature on, and develop recommendations for, violence prevention programs for justice-involved young women. Although 70-90% of young women exposed to the criminal justice system have experienced violence victimisation, there are few violence prevention programs designed for this population. This will be co-designed with YSAS staff and Youth Advocates in the YSAS Crew.


Melissa Willoughby

Prof Stuart Kinner

A/Prof Rohan Borschmann

Dr Jesse Young

Emilia Janca

Claire Keen

Dr Kathryn Snow


YSAS (Youth Support and Advocacy Service)


Funders: YSAS ;  Melbourne Social Equity Institute

Funding amount: YSAS Public Health Industry Partnership Grant ($160,000); Melbourne Social Equity Institute seed funding ($39,761.70)

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Centre for Health Equity

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