Sexual Assault Counselling Service
This program was established in 1994 in response to the identified needs of women in prison in South East Queensland. We have two full time sexual assault counsellors in Brisbane dedicated to working with the women in all women’s prisons in South East Queensland. This program is highly successful and over 3,500 women have accessed this counselling. Download a program brochure or email the program in Brisbane.
Health Support Program
The Health Support Program offers personalised support to improve the health and wellbeing of criminalised women and their children. We work alongside women to identify and respond to their needs. This program provides referral to health and drug and alcohol services and practitioners as well as support with social wellbeing and health living (e.g. assistance with housing, employment, income support etc). This program prioritises supporting women to overcome the trauma of imprisonment in the first month after their release, and supporting women who are trying to deal with many different competing needs.
We have Health Support Workers in Brisbane (covering South East Queensland) and in Townsville (who also provide outreach services to North, Central and Far North Queensland). Email the program in Brisbane or Townsville.
Mental health support
Many criminalised women face mental health issues – particularly after the trauma of imprisonment. Our Day2Day Living (D2DL) Program in Brisbane offers support in all aspects of women’s lives including individual and family support and referral to services they need (e.g. housing, counselling, income support). The program also links women up with education and support programs at Sisters Inside, to give women the opportunity to gradually connect with other people and build their confidence in re-engaging in wider community life. Email the program in Brisbane.
Supreme Court Bail program
Approximately 1/3 of all women prisoners in Queensland are on remand, with many being refused bail due to issues such as homelessness or lack of community mental health services. Sisters Inside has a Supreme Court Bail Support Worker in both Brisbane and Townsville. These workers go into the prisons and interview women to assess their eligibility for Supreme Court Bail. Eligible women are supported to make application to the court, with our SCB worker available in court to provide advocacy and support. Other Sisters Inside workers assist the woman to make arrangements to apply for bail (e.g. housing) and offer support following release. Email the program in Brisbane or Townsville.
Work Pathways Program
Our Work Pathways Program Worker supports individual women in Brisbane to find employment, education or training. Many women have had very negative experiences in the education system, so the program also runs a Certificate 1 training course, to give women a better understanding of the workforce, and the confidence to consider further education and training. Email the program in Brisbane.