History

History

The NPY Women’s Council’s Domestic (Family) Violence Service, otherwise known as Atunypa Wiru Minyma Uwankaraku: Good Protection For All Women was established in 1994 in response to:

  • the needs expressed by NPY women for assistance in the form of advocacy, to enable them to have full access to the criminal justice system.
  • At that period of time police stations did not exist on communities.

Currently, (in 2011) there are stations in Mutitjulu, Imanpa, Finke, Ernabella, Amata, Mimili, Umuwa, Blackstone, Warburton and Warakurna

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All women and children have the right to live their lives safe and free from domestic and family violence and sexual assault. And, this Service declares that Aboriginal women and children should be offered the full range of protective measures that women and children can expect elsewhere in Australia.

We aim to provide an effective, proactive and responsive service that will result in outcomes that prioritise women’s and children’s safety.

NPYDVS has always had a strong focus on ensuring the criminal justice system provides women with the necessary protection from domestic and family violence.

Since 1994 NPYDVS has persistently advocated for the rights of women and children from the NPY Lands to live free from violence and to have access to the full protection of the law. Over the past 16 years, the service has worked hard to encourage:

  • the reporting of domestic and family violence against women and children
  • appropriate criminal justice responses to violence, including the Cross Border Justice Project
  • an increased sworn police presence in communities
  • responsible sharing of information among service providers so that victims of domestic and family violence and sexual assault can be identified and offered assistance
  • appropriate accountability by those responsible for perpetrating violence
  • women to seek practical assistance to get to a safe place when violence occurs
  • the use of this service as a means of practical, emotional and legal assistance in response to domestic and family violence.