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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.

 

 

Acting CE UPDATE

20 October 2017

 

Dear Friends of VSS,

Have you heard about the work being done by the new SA initiative Spirit of Woman?

Australia does not have a national memorial to honour the women and children who have suffered and died from Domestic and Family Violence.  Spirit of Woman, (an organisation established by Helen Oxenham, a founder of one of South Australia’s first Domestic Violence shelters), wants to change this.  Spirit of Woman is seeking community input on a dedicated space in South Australia to honour and acknowledge the pain and suffering caused by Domestic and Family Violence. This space will be a focal point for remembrance as well as a place for the community to come together to celebrate collective courage, healing, unity and harmony and share their hopes for a future Australia, free from violence.

Spirit of Woman in partnership with Relationships Australia (SA) are conducting a community survey regarding the establishment of a memorial.  It takes about 5 minutes to complete the online survey Additional support can also be provided by signing and sharing the Spirit of Woman online petition  

Victim Support Service strongly supports the need for a memorial in South Australia and encourage you to participate in the survey and sign the petition.

Victim Support Service provides information, counselling, legal advice about Intervention Orders, and practical support to people recovering from the impact of family and domestic abuse.  Please contact us if we can be of assistance on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842846).

Kind regards,

Jodie Sloan
Acting Chief Executive
Victim Support Service

 

The Board and staff of Victim Support Service
invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting 2017

Monday 30 October 2017
VSS Training and Conference Centre
Level 2, 33 Franklin Street Adelaide
4:30 - 6:30pm

The event will include:

  • VSS Update & Reports
  • Introduction of new VSS Board members
  • Wine & Cheese
  • Presentation of Awards:
      -  Volunteer Victim Worker of the Year
      -  Professional Victim Worker of the Year

If you wish to attend, please register
by Monday 23 October 2017
either via the button below  or call 1800 842846

REGISTER 2017

 

VICTIM WORKER OF THE YEAR 2016-17
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS


Victim Support Service (VSS) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Victim Worker of the Year Awards.
Nominations are now being sought for this Award which is presented annually to up to two workers
– a ‘volunteer’ award and a ‘professional’ award.
The VSS Awards provide an opportunity to publicly show recognition to a volunteer and/or worker for ‘making a difference’ to victims’ lives. Read more about the nomination process and who is eligible.

To nominate someone please complete the nominations form (you can download this word document, fill it in, save it and then email it) Please return it to Jodie Sloan, Acting Chief Executive jodies@victimsa.org by Wednesday 18th October 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. 

This successful pilot program ended on 30 June 2017 and is currently being evaluated.

Resource of the Week

I need help with… [website]
Office for Women, 2017
The Office for Women website now has a section titled ‘I need help with…’ dedicated to providing women with information. The information and links are grouped into 19 subject areas including finance, health and legal information, assistance with online privacy, and protecting personal information.
Women seeking further information are encouraged to contact the Women’s Information Service by visiting 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide or phoning (08) 8303 0590 or toll free 1800 188 158 - weekdays between 9am-5pm.
 

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