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.
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.
Victim Support Service
24 April 2017
‘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.
Aboriginal Services Directory [website]
The Aboriginal Services Directory is a new online site which provides up-to-date listings of Aboriginal Organisations, Aboriginal Businesses (owned or part owned) and non-Aboriginal Organisations and businesses providing social and community services to Aboriginal people. Currently, over 160 organisations are listed on the Aboriginal Services Online Directory.
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