Victim survivors who have been criminalised experience high rates of family violence and trauma, and the severity and impacts of this violence and trauma can be significant. The term ‘criminalised women’ is used to encompass women who have been imprisoned, have had contact with police for other matters, and/or who engage in criminalised activities such as illicit drug use or sex work.  (Safe+Equal)

Resources for Practitioners

Flat Out is a state-wide homelessness support and advocacy service for women 18+ (with/without children), who have had contact with the criminal justice and/or prison system in Victoria.

Safe+Equal’s Supporting Criminalised Women resources

Rural Women online is supporting rural women to learn digital skills

Collected Wisdom A manual which collates practice ideas and activities from family violence group work in the northern metro region that can be used by other group workers.


ANROWS report on “The forgotten victims: Prisoner experience of victimisation and engagement with the criminal justice system”

Project Respect – A state of knowledge paper on “The extent, nature, and impact of family, domestic, and sexual violence against women in the Australian sex industry”

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