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Initiatives to support victims of domestic and family violence
02 December 2014
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council has worked quietly these past thirty four years through its own means as well as through ethical and collaborative partnerships, to protect two values of their society: the place and authority of NPY women, their law and culture, and the important role of women in the NPY region to their families and communities.
Over the past three decades the Council has seen many victories, much heartbreak and won the respect of government, researchers and community leaders working in central Australia. Today the Council is more than an Aboriginal organisation, it has become integral to the health and wellbeing of people living in the western and central desert regions of central Australia. With a reputable body of work, the women have come to understand the formula for success in improving the lives of families.
Wanting a better deal from the criminal justice system, in 1994 NPY Women’s Council members started a project to increase and support women’s access to this system, believing they too had a right to receive the same range of protective measures that other Australian women and children access elsewhere in Australia. This film shares the journey the Service has taken over the past 20 years and where it hopes it will be one day.
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