"To find kindness and acceptance was not expected in this place. Thank you, Prison Network"
Who We Are
Prison Network has been providing support to women in Victorian prisons, and their families, for over 75 years. Prison Network journeys with women in and beyond prison, providing the support and courage they need to navigate positive pathways and create change. For women who have often experienced life long hardship Prison Network aims to be a source of hope, dignity and purpose, and to ultimately reduce recidivism and inter-generational cycles of criminal activity and poverty.
“…I spent 20 months in prison and through Prison Network and their networks I’ve gained employment. It has given me direction, motivation and self-esteem. I will be forever grateful for this helping hand.”
Prison Network believes in the value of each woman and in their ability to make positive changes with appropriate support.
Incarceration can be a traumatic experience for many women who have already experienced significant hardships. The services provided within the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and Tarrengower Prison provide opportunities to build connections, have respite from the prison environment, and receive personalised support to address the issues that lead to incarceration.
When a mother spends time in prison it creates an adverse experience for her children that can have a lifelong impact. We aim is to lessen that impact by keeping children connected to their mothers in prison and creating meaningful, positive experiences.
Reintegration into the community following a period in custody can be daunting and difficult. Building on connections already established in prison, Prison Network provides Support Groups, Transitional Housing and Mentoring and Support to women upon their release.
As many as 87% of offending women are survivors of childhood sexual or physical abuse.
Your donations are making a difference
Over the last 12 months, hundreds of women have been impacted through the work of Prison Network
Women attended Craft and Cooking Sessions
Mums and kids attended Fun with Mum
Women attended Faith and Life Discussions
Women received Post-Release Support
Our team would love to hear from you