Atunypa Wiru Minyma Uwankaraku (Good protection for all women).
We work from a holistic and relational standpoint, according to Anangu values. We understand that violence does not occur in a vacuum and that there is no simple or leading explanation as to why violence occurs.
We accept referrals from women living on the NPY Lands (cross borders region of SA, NT, WA) who have experienced the impacts of an intimate partner, family or other forms of lateral violence.
Caseworkers are supported to develop relationships in the communities in which they work using a community development approach. ‘Casework’ is very broad in its scope and ranges from working with individuals in crisis and short-medium term follow-up (including supporting clients through the legal system), to working with women and their families in recovery and with longer-term goals, through to a variety of community-level and other group activities driven by community members.
Our clients are encouraged to share their strong stories and their stories of resistance to violence and to continue individual and collective healing journeys to build sustainable networks of support.
This approach takes a long-term view towards transforming communities. Such a long-term approach is reliant on skilled staff who are prepared to learn and work alongside clients and communities at their own pace.
Intake and Assessment is conducted from our office space in Alice Springs. Some of the I&A work is done face-to-face as many women access our Alice Springs office, and much of it is done over the phone. Our office hours are 9.00 – 4.45.
We have a specialist caseworker in the service whose role focuses on complex clients, particularly young women.
We have a small community program team with specialist expertise in law, adult education, community development, and an understanding of a narrative approach. They work alongside caseworkers, who in turn build the community relationships that ultimately direct how the community program is shaped in each community. This work is slow but purposeful in that each small step is progress towards transforming communities to replace cycles of violence with cycles of care and respect.
Our workers have an important role in supporting conversations with different groups of people in the community about safety, protection and care. These are slow and sensitive dialogues which only come to explore the topic of violence from experiences of strength, courage and a shared sense of purpose.
As the DFV Service is embedded within the broader organisation of NPY Women’s Council, we are often able to offer a more comprehensive service to clients with complex or specific needs.