Role Title: Researching the benefits of specialist FDV service provision
Organisation: Women's Health and Family Services
Internship Period: Winter (June - July)
At WHFS we want to ensure that women who access our services receive the best possible care, and we meet the needs of each woman through evidenced based and leading best-practice approaches. Our service model is to provide specialist services based on research, identified gaps in the sector and evidenced through demand. An ongoing challenge, however, is that funding for family and domestic violence services has not met the demand and growth of this service sector.
The intern role will be based within the Family & Domestic Violence Service at Womens Health & Family Services. The project will be to research and provide uptodate material that identifies the impact and benefits of specialist FDV services to victim survivors including Co-ordinated Response Service (CRS), specialist multicultural advocacy services and career and employment services from short, medium and long term perspectives. The outcome of the research will ensure WHFS FDV services is providing programs that have a significant impact on the wellbeing and safety of women and children at risk of harm from family and domestic violence. We also hope to explore a broader view of career services by examining FDV and the workplace. Nearly half of those experiencing FDV share with a Manager. The project will involve research into FDV as a workplace productivity issue, understanding the current legislation and what support and training is currently available for businesses - presented as a learning tool for staff.
We are a collective of women offering leading advice from medical, counselling, and mental health services, drug, alcohol and domestic violence support to community workshops and professional training in a safe,inclusive and nurturing environment for all women – regardless of age, race or circumstances – their families and the community.