The Miranda Program is a holistic, therapeutic and practical program for women at risk of offending or reoffending, and the first initiative of the Miranda Project. It aims to fill an acknowledged gap in support and program provision that addresses the unmet and diverse needs of women offenders. It is the core component of a broader strategy to support women in the community at risk of imprisonment. The Miranda Program is evidence-based and builds on established programs structured for flexible delivery.
The Miranda Program is the first NSW women-specific community-based option to be developed for women at risk of imprisonment. Recognising the complexity and specificity of women’s needs, the Program is holistic and modular, able to be delivered on a one-to-one basis or in groups as needed by participants. Critical to the aim of the Miranda Program is the use of its modules as just one part of a broader and deeper approach that addresses multiple needs i.e. when a woman is referred to a participating women’s centre, her needs that are likely to be diverse and deep-seated are identified and addressed using all the resources available at the centre. While the Miranda Program will be used in different contexts in various ways, the core modules reflect risk factors for offending and reoffending as well as the impact of multiple trauma and additional factors identified by women and their communities.
The Miranda Program aims to assist women at risk of contact with the criminal justice system to:
- address factors underlying self-destructive behaviour
- gain resilience to break from a cycle of re-offending
- make positive connections and engage in positive activity to become an engaged member of the community.
The above goals are addressed through individual counselling sessions or group work focusing on emotional regulation, problem-solving and positive relationships and guiding participants to develop skills to manage problematic behaviour that leads to offending.
The Miranda Program will continue to develop and adapt in response to individual needs of the women who access the Program, as well as the resources and approaches that are specific to the particular locations in which the Program is situated.
The Miranda Program has commenced a process of reflection on and incorporation of feedback from Aboriginal stakeholders underpinned by the recruitment of an Aboriginal consultant. In addition, a number of highly skilled and suitably experienced individuals will work collaboratively to document the Waminda – South Coast Women’s Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation- model to fully inform the Miranda Project to best meet the needs of participants and their referrers.
The Miranda Program is working in partnership with women’s health and support centres. Longer term, it is envisaged that women’s health centres and other appropriate services across NSW will become licensed providers of the Miranda Program, making it available to more women as a diversionary option and a support service to reduce re-offending.
Note: Engagement in the Miranda Program is voluntary. At this stage of the pilot, whilst we are accepting referrals for women on legal orders, we’re not accepting women where participation in the Miranda Program is a condition of their order.
Deirdre Hyslop Inga Lie
Project Director Program Coordinator
The Miranda Program has commenced its pilot phase and is offered at the following sites:
182 Victoria Street Kings Cross
Margaret Crowley 9358 4553
Leichhardt Women’s Health Centre
55 Thornley Street Leichhardt
Roxanne McMurray 9560 3011
Penrith Women’s Health Centre
Cnr Henry and Station Streets Penrith
Jane Gold 4721 8749
Central West Women’s Health Centre
20 William Street Bathurst
Ann-Marie Brittain 6331 4133
For information on how to refer someone to the Miranda Program, please see our Referral Procedure page.