A safe, just and equal world for women

Systems change

Advance continues to amplify the voice and experience of women and children service-users, to promote systems-change in a coordinated community response and to share our practice-based evidence with policy makers.

We continued to work with Government, at local and national level, to highlight the need for vital specialist community-based services for those caught in the criminal justice system, recognising that they themselves are often victims of abuse and trauma.

We deliver systems changes by working in partnership within statutory and non-statutory settings, as well as with other organisations, including:

  • Raising awareness of women involved in the criminal justice system and its impact on them and their communities, through workshops and individual consultation sessions with professionals in statutory and non-statutory settings, improving their response through a trauma-informed approach.
  • Identifying and developing best practice responses, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and others to develop a response in diverting women from the criminal justice system through offering alternatives to custody, including accessing specialist women’s services in safe women-only spaces within the community.
Read more about our systems change work in London’s Blueprint for Women in the Criminal Justice System here 
  • Practice-based research and recommendations, based on Advance’s work and the voices of the women we support:

Read more about
The impact of abuse, trauma and the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s mental health

Read more about
Mothers, survivors of abuse, involved in the criminal justice system here  

Read more about young women’s sexual experiences and its impact on health
A space to learn about relationships

Read more about domestic abuse as a driver of women’s offending here
There’s a reason we are in trouble here 

Read more about the impact of community support on diverting women from the criminal justice system 
Women need women who support 

Read our
contribution to the Women’s Health Strategy


Launch of our report ‘A place to go Like this’ summit at London City Hall (March 2019)

Visit from Deputy mayor for policing and Crime (DMPC), Sophie Linden and launch of London Blueprint. (July 2019) Read more Here 

Visit from then Secretary of State for Justice, David Gauke (July 2018) & Launch of the Female Offender Strategy 

Go to Gov. UK to learn more 

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