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
16 June 2017
Safely Together – ‘MySafePlace’ and IKEA
Safely Together is a pilot program funded by the Attorney-General’s Department and administered by Victim Support Service. This program aims to provide children and primary carers with access to innovative support services to address the impact of domestic and family violence.
Currently running in the Northern and Southern metropolitan areas of Adelaide this program has partnered with schools and domestic violence services to offer counselling to children and groups aimed at supporting primary carers.
In addition to this, Safely Together is offering support to children through the MySafePlace program. The MySafePlace initiative aims to provide children with bedroom makeovers to address the impact of domestic and family violence. This program is in recognition that all children deserve the right to feel safe at home and to have access to safe spaces that encourage a reconnection with identity and safety.
In May as part of their Co-worker Charity initiative IKEA Adelaide partnered with Victim Support Service and kindly collected donations in the IKEA Restaurant, Bistro and Checkouts. Funds raised have been donated to the new MySafePlace initiative. In addition IKEA have donated a gift voucher to assist this innovative program reach its goals and support children to address the emotional and psychological impact of trauma.
We thank IKEA for their commitment and support for this important pilot program.
Acting Chief Executive
Victim Support Service
‘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.
Phoenix Australia (Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health) - Recovery resources [website]
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