The Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group (the Women’s Group) is a group of Aboriginal women who reside in town camps in Alice Springs; and who live with violence on a daily basis.
The Women’s Group has been fighting against Family Violence for many years, and with government funding since 2014, they have been supported to develop a logical framework with identified outcomes. They felt that an independent evaluation would be able to validate their outcomes and assist in the identification of the next steps in the development of the program.
In 2017, Matrix was engaged to undertake an evaluation of the TWSFG Program, in particular, to identify key success factors and identify areas for further development to support the group in achieving their vision of “Town Camps Free from Family Violence”.
The evaluation needed to involve all the women, key stakeholders and supporting staff; and the process had to be accessible and culturally appropriate.
TWFSG is a relatively young grass roots program (less than 2 years old) that has made significant impact in the short time it has been in operation. TWFSG is leading the conversation on family and domestic violence in the town camps of Alice Springs.
Using a strengths-based approach Matrix was able to work with the women to identify their achievements and document their plans for the future.The case studies outlined in the Evaluation Report show the impact the program has had on individual lives and in these communities.