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Programs

Corrections Victoria provides a wide range of program opportunities for prisoners to assist in their rehabilitation and successful return to the community after release from custody.


Information about some of the specific programs which are available to prisoners can be accessed from this page.

Family Violence Service Reform

In September 2015, Corrections Victoria developed the Family Violence Service Reform Strategy - Priority Initiatives 2015-2016. The Strategy details Corrections Victoria's response to family violence within the corrections system, which aims to:

  • improve the identification of perpetrators 
  • deliver targeted family violence programs and services to perpetrators 
  • support victims  
  • create an environment for cultural change 
  • work with other service systems to improve the response to family violence.

On 30 March 2016, the Royal Commission into Family Violence handed down 227 recommendations. The Minister for Corrections has sole lead responsibility for three recommendations, relating to women in prison and family violence victims who are clients of Corrections Victoria, and is a co-lead on a further eight recommendations.

The Victorian government has provided $572 million over three years to implement the Royal Commission’s recommendations, with $3.6 million allocated to Corrections Victoria to support the recommendations relating to women in prison.

In response to the Royal Commission recommendations and in recognition of the unique opportunity Corrections Victoria has to create long-term positive change through the way it works with perpetrators and supports victims of family violence, Corrections Victoria is implementing a range of initiatives.

These initiatives will be developed in collaboration with stakeholders across the justice system and will be consistent with the Whole of Victorian Government approach outlined in Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change External link and the three year rolling action plan.

Initiatives being implemented by Corrections Victoria include:

  • extending the Out of the Dark program and sexual assault counselling for women in prison for a two year period
  • delivering the Beyond the Violence program to female offenders in Community Correctional Services who are victims of family violence
  • delivering specific family violence support services to culturally and linguistically diverse communities, which will also be available to post release prisoners who are family violence victims
  • actively building referrals and relevant information into pre- and post-release services for prisoners who have been victims of family violence.

As part of the Priority Initiatives for 2015-16, Corrections Victoria surveyed prisoners on their experiences and attitudes towards family violence. The survey findings will inform further development of Corrections Victoria’s response to family violence in prison. Available here is a summary report of this survey.

Aboriginal Art Policy Model

The Aboriginal Art Policy Model, which was launched on 2 February 2016, sets out a high-level policy model to enable Aboriginal prisoners to sell artwork they have produced through participation in The Torch's Statewide Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community (SIAPC) program, prior to their release from prison.

Aboriginal Cultural Programs Grants Scheme

The Kaka Wangity, Wangin-Mirrie Aboriginal Cultural Programs Grants Scheme provides funding of $2.25 million over three years from 2016 to 2019 for programs that focus on:

  • Cultural strengthening
  • Family violence aimed at perpetrators
  • Healing
  • Parenting
  • Women’s healing and victimisation.

The Grants Scheme supports organisations to deliver Aboriginal programs within prisons and Community Correctional Services (CCS) for Aboriginal prisoners and offenders. Programs supported through the Grants Scheme aim to reduce the prisoner risk of reoffending and improve effective reintegration into the community.

The organisations delivering the culturally focused programs in prisons and Community Correctional Services are:

  • Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service
  • Connecting Home Ltd
  • Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency
  • Relationships Australia Victoria.

The Kaka Wangity, Wangin-Mirrie grants form part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to the Aboriginal Justice Agreement, designed to drive down the over- representation of Indigenous people in Victorian prisons. The programs – funded until December 2019 – are designed to rehabilitate Aboriginal prisoners by focusing on cultural strengthening, family violence, healing, parenting and women’s programs. By boosting connections to family and culture, the grants are designed to reduce the risk of reoffending and contribute to a safer Victoria.

Programs funded by the Kaka Wangity, Wangin-Mirrie cultural grants

Sisters Day In
Provider – Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service
Location – Dame Phyllis Frost Centre
Description – A program dedicated to the prevention of family violence against Aboriginal women, by addressing the root causes of family violence and victimisation.

Women’s Healing Program
Provider – Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
Location – Women prisons
Description – A group-based cultural strengthening and healing program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, supported by Aboriginal elders and leaders.

Growing Up Kids
Provider – Relationships Australia Victoria
Location – Women prisons and male prisons
Description – Focused on the development of culturally focused parenting practices, ensuring that children are provided for and protected.

Men’s Healing Program
Provider – Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
Location – Male prisons
Description – A group-based cultural strengthening and healing program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, supported by Aboriginal elders and leaders.

Dilly Bag
Provider – Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service
Location – Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and Community Correctional Services
Description – An intensive cultural-strengthening program that helps Aboriginal women recover from trauma they may have experienced in their lives.

Women’s Journey
Provider – Relationships Australia Victoria
Location – Women prisons and Community Correctional Services
Description – A cultural strengthening and healing program, supporting women who have experienced trauma from violence and victimisation.

Men’s Cultural Journey
Provider – Relationships Australia Victoria
Location – Male prisons and Community Correctional Services
Description – A cultural resilience program, including follow-up support from Aboriginal community elders.

Marumali Healing Program
Provider – Connecting Home Ltd
Location – Victorian prisons
Description – A group-based healing program for stolen generation members, their families and their communities.