Evaluation of the YWCA NSW Shoalhaven Domestic Violence Intervention Service
Professor Nan Seuffert, Director of the Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC) and Dr Trish Mundy, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and LIRC member, were recently successful in securing a $50,000 Impact Grant from the National Australia Bank (NAB) Community Grants Program 2016. Professor Seuffert and Dr Mundy have been engaged by the YWCA NSW to undertake an evaluation of the Domestic Violence Intervention Service (DVIS) based in Nowra and servicing the wider Shoalhaven region.
The DVIS is unique in its crisis intervention model in that it is the only community-based domestic violence service in Australia that is physically co-located within a police station. Its goals are to work closely with police, Domestic Violence Liaison Officers, police prosecutors and other key community based agencies with the aim of enhancing support and outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. This funding has been secured to measure the impact of this colocation model on the outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. This is an exciting project and one that will have significant benefits for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence and in enhancing knowledge of ‘best practice’ in the context of crisis intervention service delivery.