What we do

The Women’s Justice Network (WJN) is a grassroots community organisation committed to advancing the prospects and wellbeing of women and female youth affected by the criminal justice system. WJN is unique in its provisions and the diversity of its community as the only organisation in NSW solely addressing the many issues facing marginalised women and female youth affected by the criminal justice system.

WJN systemically advocates to improve the criminal justice system and delivers an evidence-based practical mentoring program which:
⋅ Provides gender-responsive social support, and engages women in the community
⋅ Provides a safe space that is non-stigmatised
⋅ Fosters a positive self-identity enabling every woman to live the life they deserve to
⋅ Supports women vulnerable to reoffending in making choices that positively contribute to the community

WJN is an all-inclusive organisation that aims to support the diversity of women in the criminal justice system, including;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and young women.
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse women and young women.
  • Women and young women with disability.
  • Mothers and expectant mothers.
  • Victims of family domestic and/or sexual violence.
  • Lesbian & transgender women and young women.
  • Women and young women with complex needs including mental illness and/or AOD issues.

Our vision

That all women and female youth affected by the criminal justice system live free from violence and discrimination, benefit from adequate living standards, are treated with dignity and respect and are empowered to secure and preserve their individual rights.

Our aim

⋅ Reduce the recidivism rate of women and female youth being imprisoned.
⋅ Establish dialogue with women and female youth affected by the criminal justice system, government and non-government agencies and other relevant stakeholders.
⋅ Provide evidence based practical mentoring and non-stigmatised support.
⋅ Advocate for systemic change.
⋅ Promote community awareness and education.