Case Study: “Family & Domestic Violence Program Review”

Client: NPY Women’s Council
Date: 2016
Location: Alice Springs and NPY Region (remote SA, WA and NT)

Family & Domestic Violence Program Review

Support and Advocacy

The Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council (NPYWC) is an Indigenous-governed, member-led organisation which provides advocacy and support to Anangu and Yarnangu women across South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

For more than 20 years, the NPYWC Domestic and Family Violence Service has supported the rights of women and children to live free from men’s violence through a crisis intervention and case management outreach model. The service had grown from an initial staff of two to a current team of 14 funded positions. To continue its vital work in the community, it was recognised that the service needed to run at an optimal and sustainable level.

Our Involvement

NPYWC required the services of a consultant to undertake a review of its Domestic and Family Violence Service (DFVS), and to recommend an effective and sustainable service model within the scope and requirements of current funding contracts. This also needed to take into account the complexities of the service delivery environment.

The DFVS is an embedded service within the NPYWC, so the recommended model needed to include suggestions to maximise the existing strengths and ways to address any challenges of this structure.

Our Expertise

To ensure expertise in the consulting team in the area of domestic and family violence, Matrix partnered with Andrijana Vidovic, the director and psychologist at Spots & Arrows Independent Child and Family Services, NSW. Andrijana brought practice and literature expertise, and knowledge of areas for practitioner development as a result of the Action Learning Group Supervision project she has worked on with the NPYWC DFVS team in 2015.

This combination of Andrijana’s domestic and family violence expertise and Matrix’s experience in organisational capacity building, created the ideal team with broad knowledge of the non-profit sector.

Our final report met the brief, and provided recommendations for the NPYWC to continue its important work.