- Change Agent
Carolyn Worth's belief in social justice has driven her passion and commitment in the field of women's rights.
In 1975, she was instrumental in setting up the Women's Liberation Halfway House, the first women's refuge in Melbourne.
In 1993, she established the first specialised legal clinic in Victoria for victims of sexual assault, in conjunction with Monash University Law Faculty.
For the past 18 years, Carolyn has managed the South East Centre Against Sexual Assault, the largest sexual assault service agency in Victoria, providing women and child victims with access to comprehensive services.
Carolyn established a program for children with sexual problems and sexually abusive behaviours, developed and implemented prevention programs for primary and secondary schools, and expanded crisis services for victims to 24 hour availability.
She currently sits on advisory committees for the prevention of family violence and sexual abuse and is the chair of CEASE, the peak body for agencies working with adolescents with sexually abusive behaviour.
In 2003, Carolyn was awarded the Leadership Victoria Community Leadership Award.