Welcome to Victim Support Service

Victim Support Service (VSS) provides free and confidential help to adult victims of crime, witnesses, their family, and friends across South Australia. We work in partnership with other organisations, we are not a government agency or part of the police and you don't have to report a crime to get our help. It doesn’t matter where the crime happened and you can call us any time after the crime, whether it was yesterday, last week or several years ago.

CE Update: Good news for Community Legal Centres

In breaking news, the government has just announced $55.7million over the three years for Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services; $39 million will go to community legal centres and $17 million to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services.

Community legal centres had expected to face a 30 per cent cut from July which they warned would damage their ability to help vulnerable clients. They currently assist around 215,000 people each year, but turn away around another 155,000 people due to lack of resources. If the proposed funding cuts had gone ahead, the sector would have been forced to help a third less people each year.

The Federal Attorney General, George Brandis, in announcing the reversal, said he would be asking the community legal sector to prioritise domestic and family violence in the outlay of these additional funds.

This is great news for thousands of women and children fleeing family violence who depend on these services to keep them safe.

We are still waiting to see all the details but the government has said that this funding will be prioritised for women and children in family violence situations.

Julian Roffe
Chief Executive
Victim Support Service

24 April 2017

 

Advocacy update: Safely Together Pilot Program 

Children need to feel safe to recover from family and domestic abuse.

‘MySafePlace’ is a key component of the Safely Together Program, a new service for children who have experienced family and domestic abuse.

MySafePlace turns children’s dream bedroom designs into a reality, helping them to feel safe and secure in their own home and support their recovery from family and domestic abuse.

These bedroom makeovers are much more than a TV ‘feel-good’ renovation – they will make a lasting difference in the lives of many children and families.

Since 2011 our Staying Home, Staying Safe (SHSS) program has improved the safety and reduced the risk of homelessness for over 4,000 women affected by family and domestic abuse in South Australia by improving their home security, but the funding for this program does not extend to providing specific support to children.

That’s where MySafePlace steps in. This initiative, along with other components of the Safely Together Program will provide a greater level of support for children to help them feel safer in their own home.

Children will also have access to counselling and therapeutic interventions to improve their psychological wellbeing as part of the program.

The Safely Together Program is funded by the Attorney-General’s Department (SA) under the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Grants. 

For more information about our Child Victims of Crime Advocacy Campaign, go to our Create Change page. 

Resource of the Week

The U.S. National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Resources for Parents and Caregivers [website]

Parents and carers can play an important role in helping their children/teenagers recover from traumatic events. This American website provides clear information to assist in supporting children affected by trauma.

  • Information provided includes:

Definitions of trauma, traumatic events, and traumatic stress, Answers to commonly asked questions about child traumatic stress, Signs and symptoms, Suggestions for ways to cope, Information on evidence-based treatments (scientifically proven practices) that can assist families in helping children recover from child traumatic stress, and links to further resources.

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