Eleni’s story: Here’s how the system is stacked against women after we’ve done our time.”

“Many women that are affected by the criminal justice system have a history of trauma prior to offending, but once clothed in this ‘stain’ no one sees the prior trauma or how desperately someone wants their life to change. They just see the ‘the stain.’” she says.

“It was my one-time trouble with the law, and for a lot of the women that I work with as well, it was their one time. They’re the ones that realise how hard it is to move forward, even with extensive support services and skills, because the barrier is the record.