This report documents a 5 year review (2003-2008) of the NZAID funded National Centre for Women and Children (NCWC) in Tonga. NZAID commissioned this review with the purpose of:
(a) analysing all issues affecting the performance of the NCWC, including management structures, support services and training needs;
(b) identifying steps needed to improve the overall effectiveness of the NCWC in providing support for those affected by domestic violence.
The NCWC has been operating since 2000 and provides counselling and support, a Safe House, skills training and support, advocacy, community education and awareness raising to women and children affected by violence perpetrated against them, as well as the wider community. The NCWC has a mandate to support women and children who are victim/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and other related forms of Violence against Women and Children (VAWC). The NCWC is the only organisation of this kind in the country and provides a much needed service, awareness raising and focal point for one of the most prevalent and debilitating human rights violations affecting Tongan women and children.