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PRISON POPULATION HEALTH AND WELLBEING Building Better Futures for Women in Custody Over the year we have continued our work in prisons to reduce recidivism by supporting health and wellbeing. In collaboration with the Northern Domestic Violence Service, Relationships Australia SA delivered an eight-week “Healthy Relationship Program” to twenty-one women at the Adelaide Women’s Prison in February 2017. The program aimed to meet the needs of women in prison by acknowledging that women in custody often have extensive experience of trauma and violence. It also addressed how incarceration and family and domestic violence impact relationships and parenting. CLIENTS CURRENTLY INCARCERATED: 185 TOTAL CLIENTS IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS: 248 BREAKDOWN OF PRISON POPULATION: Other 5% Yatala 9% Mt Gambier Prison 6% Adelaide Women’s Prison 48% Mobilong Prison 32% The Healthy Relationships Program at the Adelaide Women’s Prison helped women in prison to understand themselves and their relationships better. Researchers from the School of Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University evaluated the program to enhance understanding of how to run effective programs for women in prison. Feedback from participants was positive, with many stating that they acquired new knowledge about themselves and their relationships through the program. Funding Acknowledgement Specialised Family Violence Services is part of the Family and Relationship Services in Northern Metropolitan Adelaide and is funded by the Australian Department of Social Services www.familyrelationships.gov.au Initial research and development of the program was funded through the South Australian Department for Correctional Services. Success Indicator: Clients indicate improvement in their wellbeing. This course helped give me ideas about how I can support my own children. Healthy Relationships Program Participant Individual, Family and Community Wellbeing | Relationships Australia SA Annual Report 2016 -2017 29