Street Address:  Level 1/116 Hardware Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 
  Postal Address: P.O Box 14093, Melbourne 8001, Vic.
Phone: 03 9605 1900
  Fax: 03 9602 2355
  Freecall: 1800 049 871


People Leaving Prison

  • Link Out transitional assistance for men exiting prison.

    Link Out is a voluntary support program for adult males being released from prison and who would like help settling back into the community. Participants will be given a Link Out worker who will assist them to identify and develop their goals and support them to achieve these. A key aim of the program is to assist participant’s transition from prison into the community and to reduce the chances that they return to prison.
    To be eligible for the program a person must have a higher than normal risk of reoffending and in most cases, needs to be referred whilst they are still in prison by a Corrections Victoria assessment worker located at each prison.
    VACRO Link Out provides support for men in the North and West metropolitan regions of Melbourne, the Barwon (Geelong and surrounding areas) Region and the Grampians Region (Horsham, Ararat and Ballarat). There are other service providers who operate the same program in other regions across Victoria. For further information download the brochure here.This program is funded by Corrections Victoria

  • Corrections Victoria Pre-release and Reintegration programs transitional assistance for men and women exiting prison

On October 27, Corrections Minister O’Donoughue announced that VACRO will be delivering the new Pre-Release Program for the Victorian prison system.  In  addition to a range of facilitated group sessions within the prisons, PRP staff will provide individual support for prisoners who are serving longer sentences or facing more complex issues. The funding for the PRP responds to former High Court Judge Mr Ian Callinan's review of the parole system.  VACRO will also deliver post-release support for the Corrections Victoria Reintegration Program for prisoners released in the Geelong and Grampians regions. In CVRP, staff assist ex-prisoners to build and improve their community links. The programs begin on January 1st 2015 and VACRO is excited by the opportunity to work collaboratively with Jesuit Social Services, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and the Australian Community Support Organisation. VACRO looks forward to working with organisations and individuals in Victorian communities in implementing both programs. This will include the Regional Department of Justice; prison services and community-based services in areas such as mental health, housing, drug and alcohol support. Together, these networks can work to achieve better outcomes for both families and the communities that prisoners are returning to.

  • VACRO Women’s Mentoring Program (VWMP) social support for women exiting prison or on Community Correctional Orders.

    VACRO recognized that social connectedness is vital for women transitioning into the community. In response to this VACRO developed the VWMP which mentoring program to support women exiting the prison system and those on community orders.. The overall aim of VWMP is to assist women to reintegrate back into the community through the provision of support by voluntary female mentors. The mentoring relationships and their relational qualities underpin the effectiveness of VWMP in making a difference to the female offender’s ability to successfully reintegrate into the community. The mentors in the VWMP take on a very special role in supporting this marginalised and often overlooked client group. Now in its twelfth year, this program was initially funded through philanthropic trusts but in 2007 it became part the Department of Justice Women’s Policy Unit.  For further information download the brochure .

     VWMP Ambassador Carmel Benjamin

    This program is funded through Better Pathways - Corrections Victoria.

  • CCaTS Program - helps address the increase in women's imprisonment.

    Is an initiative of Better Pathways (2005) the Victorian government's strategy to address the increase in women's imprisonment. The program aims to assist women offenders who are on supervised Community Correctional Orders to successfully complete these Orders. This is achieved through the provision of practical support, including financial assistance, so that women offenders can meet the mandatory requirements of their Orders.  CCaTS is designed to deliver practical assistance to women at a time when failure to comply with an order will have serious negative consequences for these women and any children in their care.  For further information download the brochure here.

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