Who we are

Prison Network is a Christian non profit organisation which 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.

Our History

In 1946, Prison Network founder, Myrtle Breen, approached Pentridge Prison requesting permission to visit the female prisoners. Myrtle, and later Marj Swales and others, built a strong foundation of providing ongoing support and care for women in prison.

Marj Swales dedicated 30 years of service to Prison Network and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2007 in recognition of her contribution.

Prison Network, with the dedicated work of staff and volunteers, continues the legacy of care and support for some of Victoria’s most marginalised women and their families.

Our Staff Team

Prison Network relies heavily on the work of many volunteers
who give their time to support the women, families and staff
in a variety of ways.

Our Board

Our Partners

Prison Network is a registered charity that believes in working closely with relevant parties to provide women and their families with the care and support they need most. We work with prison staff at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and Tarrengower Prisons to ensure that the services we provide meet the needs of the women in custody. Over the past five years, Prison Network has been the recipient of the following grants:

· Corrections Victoria, through the Pip Wisdom Grant
· Sisters of Charity
· Colliers Trust
· One Community Church
· Mercy Foundation
· Shine On Foundation
· Entrust Foundation
· Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
· Steer Incorporated
· Magistrates Court

Prison Network also relies on the generous support from private donors, churches, businesses and bequests.