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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.

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Evaluation of the Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) Counselling Project

Project length
2 years

The Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) provides emergency and medium-term accommodation and support services to families, women and children experiencing or at risk of homelessness and/or domestic and family violence.


Many of WAGEC’s clients experience difficulties accessing community-based psychological and counselling services, in particular the women and children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds whose access to such services is impacted by their precarious visa status.

To address this issue, WAGEC has obtained funding to set up and implement its own psychological and counselling service for children, adolescents and adults. ANROWS will work with WAGEC to evaluate the service.

 

Research aim/s

The evaluation will focus on the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, sustainability and management of the service, as well as the potential to scale up the model.

Methods

The evaluation will use document analysis, surveys and interviews as its main data sources. Feedback forms will be completed by clients using the service, the counsellors will collect data on referral needs, and a sample of clients will be interviewed concerning their experiences accessing the service and its potential impacts on their lives.

 

Significance

The evaluation will demonstrate the efficacy of the model for improving women’s and children’s access to psychological and counselling services. The evaluation will also show the relevance of the model to other service providers whose clients lack access to mainstream services.


Researchers

Project lead

Dr Peter Ninnes, Evaluation Manager, ANROWS

Research team

Katie Young, Clinical Governance Manager, WAGEC

Rebecca, Child and Young Person Psychologist, WAGEC

Evaluation team

Dr Tran Nguyen, Project Officer, ANROWS

Alimadad Rasoli, Project Officer, ANROWS

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