By Miriam Bevis, Judy Atkinson, Leisa McCarthy, and Michelle Sweet, Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, February 2020
This report sets out the findings of the research project, “Kungas’ trauma experiences and effects on behaviour in Central Australia”, a pilot project run under the Kunga Stopping Violence Program (KSVP), which is based in Alice Springs. This practitioner-requested research was initiated by the KSVP Manager Miriam Bevis, and is the result of a collaboration between the KSVP, Professor Judy Atkinson of We Al-li, and the Menzies School of Health Research.
The KSVP works in support of Aboriginal women who have been incarcerated for alleged violent offences in Central Australia. It is one of the culturally specific services provided by the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), which provides legal aid to Aboriginal people throughout the Northern Territory. The KSVP provides pre-release support to Aboriginal women in the prison, including a four-week violence-reduction, trauma-specific course developed in collaboration with Professor Atkinson. When the women are released from prison, the KSVP continues to provide support to the women for 12 months. For some women, the period of support continues past the 12-month period.