Most women in prison have experienced some form of family violence throughout their lives, usually from multiple perpetrators over a prolonged period.
The impacts of this violence can lead women to incarceration. Importantly, the Australia Government has started to acknowledge that there are often experiences of underlying trauma for women in prison.
Consequently, this has allowed for some significant changes for our service. WestCASA has been able to substantially expand its team in DPFC to include four Counsellor/Advocates and a Team Leader, based within the prison four days a week.
For any queries about this program call WestCASA on (03) 9216 0411.