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The Women in Prison Advocacy Network (WIPAN) is a grass-roots organisation that provides advocacy and mentoring services to women in the criminal justice system. ‘WIPAN’s Self-help guide for women prisoners’ identifies some of the challenges that women in prison face and provides step-by-step information about how women can advocate for their rights. The guide provides information about how women in prison can:
Get their health care needs met
Sort out tenancy problems
Claim compensation for being a victim of violence
Respond if asked to pay restitution money for an offence they committed that caused someone injury
Sort out unpaid fines to avoid debt and other problems
Sort out problems about the care of children while in gaol
Make a formal complaint about being mistreated in gaol.
PIAC partnered with WIPAN to research and draft the self-advocacy materials.