Women and Mentoring (WAM) assists vulnerable women charged with a criminal offence to navigate the justice system, reduce re-offending, and develop social connections to deal with the underlying issues that may contribute to their involvement in the justice system. Mentoring is considered a genuine means of promoting positive social connections and has profound results, particularly for women in the justice system.
WAM was started in Collingwood in 2009 by a group concerned that women were being unnecessarily criminalised primarily through disadvantage and family violence. Today, WAM supports women across five Magistrate Court precincts. Through formal mentoring relationships, vulnerable women are able to receive practical support, good role-modelling and access services to address the underlying issues behind their offending.
This grant was proudly funded by the Prue Myer Sub Fund, established by the Trustees of the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust.
The Prue Myer Sub Fund supports projects for immigrants and refugees and other disadvantaged girls and young women that:
Grant type: Sub Fund
Amount: $9,023 grant
This is a pilot project to develop a mentoring program specifically for vulnerable young women who are on a trajectory into the criminal justice system. There is a demand from local health & justice networks in Frankston to extend our program to work with 15-18 year old young women who are often reported missing; many are known to Child Protection and have regular contact with the Police and Youth Justice.
WAM will support 5 mentoring pairs over a 12-month period, and through the provision of a formal mentoring relationship the young women will build protective factors and develop a pathway out of the criminal justice system.
The young women will be supported to explore a range of recreation opportunities, helping connect them to their local community; re-engage with education or explore employment/volunteering pathways; and access services to address some of their complex issues.