ODYSSEY HOUSE VICTORIA: Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment, Training & Support

Further Funding for Aboriginal Mothers & Their Children

In 2014, the Department of Justice commissioned Odyssey House to run a one-year pilot program called the Koori Women’s Program. This program provides 6 residential treatment beds for women and their children at our Residential Rehabilitation facility as an alternative to remand. This program was developed to achieve improved justice outcomes for Victorian Aboriginal women where their offending is related to addiction issues. The program reduces the separation of Koori mothers from their children and Aboriginal over-representation in the criminal justice system. Priority is given to women at risk of incarceration or those who can complete the program prior to sentencing (potentially reducing the sentence). It may be available as a post-release transition. The program’s success has led to securing further Government funding until December 2018.