Women of Worth

The Women of Worth (WoW) program provides 6 months pre- and 12 months post-release support to women involved in the justice system. The aim of the program is to empower women involved in the justice system to implement positive lifestyle changes. WoW focuses on providing clients with strength-based case management support, learning opportunities to develop skills and capacity to reduce reoffending as well as practical assistance to reengage with the community.

At Darwin Correctional Centre (DCC), WoW staff members provide psycho-social education and accredited training programs to incarcerated women. The group learning program at DCC covers a range of topics addressing social skills, personal development, parenting skills and life skills shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon release, WoW staff assist clients with their reintegration back into the wider community for a further twelve months. The same case manager who provided six months pre-release support and who delivered the group learning program twice a week whilst incarcerated, will support the client post release. Clients and staff have strong rapport by the time of release and work alongside to reduce barriers of reoffending. Staff support with:

  • Reconnection with children, family and community
  • Advocacy and referrals to a variety of service providers
  • Crisis accommodation and long-term housing support
  • Domestic and Family Violence support and referral
  • Education, training and employment pathways
  • Provision of exit packs including food vouchers
  • Mental and physical health support

Monthly WoW outreach groups further assist women to connect with Women of Worth program staff and other clients who have been involved in the justice system. The aim of the outreach group is to provide a forum for women, who have recently been released, to get together, seek support, build networks, as well as help maintain and reinforce positive lifestyle changes.

The Women of Worth program has shown great success in assisting clients with regaining custody of their children, obtaining long-term housing, accessing employment and education and reducing recidivism rates.

For more information, contact us at:

P: 8932 6866 
F: 8932 8073
E: wow@ywcaofdarwin.org.au

Download the brochure here

*The Women of Worth program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation. 

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