April 2012


VSS Update
Aboriginal Issues
Child Protection
Crime Prevention
Domestic Violence
Justice System
Measuring Crime
Sexual Assault
In the Media

VSS Update

Law Week
7-31 May, 2012.
Law Week continues to expand! There will be events around the state. VSS will be involved in the Courts Open Day, Criminal Justice Seminar & the Justice Walk.  Find out more about the Justice System.  Most events are free.

Criminal Justice Seminar for Workers
This seminar is offered as a joint initiative of Victim Support Service, Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service and the Witness Assistance Service of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
This seminar is for service providers supporting a client who has reported a crime where the criminal matter is being heard/likely to be heard in the District or Supreme courts. Workers will gain an understanding of the various components of the adult criminal justice system and the related support services available.
Speakers include the Manager of the Victim of Crime Compensation Fund and a solicitor or lawyer from the South Australian Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
14 May, 2012: 9.15am – 4.30pm
Venue: Uniting Care Wesley Way Hall, Pitt St, Adelaide.  Fee $20.
RSVP to Victim Support Service by 4/5/2012: 8231 5626 or email: info@victimsa.org

Zee Productions presents: ‘I looked into the darkness around me’, by Dirk Zadra
Supporting Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast
9 May, 2012. The Studio, Holden Street Theatres, Hindmarsh.
Be in the draw to win one of 5 double passes.


Aboriginal Issues

 Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws – Indigenous Peoples  -  information sheet
 ‘This information sheet discusses the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Commonwealth Family Violence Inquiry and briefly outlines some of the ALRC’s key recommendations aimed at better protecting the safety of indigenous peoples who are experiencing family violence.’ (- ALRC)

Strategies to enhance employment of Indigenous ex-offenders after release from correctional institutions
Joseph Graffam and Alison Shinkfield, Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, 2012.
‘This resource sheet discusses the issues surrounding employment of Indigenous ex-prisoners, existing support programs, and strategies to employ more ex-prisoners after their release from correctional institutions. To be effective, programs and strategies need to acknowledge the social and cultural origins of disadvantage for Indigenous offenders. We give an overview of what works in overcoming Indigenous disadvantage and focus on regional and urban programs that help Indigenous offenders gain employment.’ (- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Australian Institute of Family Studies)


Child Protection

Child deaths: Cyber bullying as a risk factor for youth suicide in Queensland
Commission for Children and Young People Child Guardian, 2012.
A brief review of the links between cyber bullying and suicide amongst children in Queensland.

Report of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry
Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry Panel, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria, 2012.
‘The primary focus is the child’s best interests, which may require the early intervention of government through protective and statutory-based interventions.’ (- DPC)


Crime Prevention

 Community night patrols in the Northern Territory: Toward an improved performance and reporting framework
Laura Beacroft, Kelly Richards, Hannah Andrevski, Lisa Rosevear, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2012.
‘The paper concludes that the core business of community night patrols is (non-crisis) crime prevention not de-facto policing. It also concludes that an unrecognised outcome of patrols is capturing and sharing local knowledge about community safety issues and solutions.’ (- AIC)

Best practice guidelines for dating websites
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, 2012.
‘These guidelines are intended to help dating websites and their users respond to scams. They have been developed by a working group chaired by the ACCC and comprising of representatives from a number of dating websites.’ (- ACCC)


Domestic Violence

Breaking the Cycle - Trial integrated response to domestic and family violence in Rockhampton  - Client experiences and outcomes
Heather Nancarrow and Renette Viljoen, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, CQUniversity Australia, 2011.
‘..an integrated response to domestic and family violence in Rockhampton, Central Queensland, known as “Breaking the Cycle” (BTC).   This integrated service delivery model aims to: improve the safety and well-being of people affected by domestic and family violence; reduce the demand on the current service systems (statutory, courts, human services); increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the human and justice service systems in responding to domestic and family violence; and build the skills of service providers to increase their ability to provide the best possible services to clients and break down the barriers to integrated working.’  (- QCDFVR)

‘Change Your Ways - Australian Men Talk About Domestic Violence’
NSW Office of Communities, 2012.
A DVD to show at rugby union clubs, as part of the Tackling Violence program.
Government and AFL tackle violence against women

The Hon Andrew McIntosh MP, Victoria, 2012.
A new DVD ‘Respect is for Everyone’ has been launched. It is designed for showing at football clubs, and will encourage footballers around Australia to have respectful relationships.

 Family Law And Family Violence: Research To Practice
Karen Wilcox, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, 2012.
‘This Research into Practice Brief considers how practitioners can use the evidence base to better understand and improve the experiences of children and their protective parents when they engage with family law systems, post-separation from the abuser.  The paper aims to provide discussion points and practice reflections for family law sector professionals working at the intersection of these two fields, and to better equip domestic violence sector workers to engage with this sector around their shared concerns.’ (- ADFVC)

Family Violence Risk Assessment - Review of International Research
Melanie Brown, Evaluation Services, Organisational Assurance Group, Police National Headquarters, NZ, Crown Copyright, 2011.
‘This literature review presents an overview of the international research and best practice literature on family violence risk assessment from over the last decade. It was undertaken for the New Zealand Police to inform any changes they may wish to make to their own family violence risk assessment processes. For that reason it has an emphasis on the literature as it relates to Police organisations.’ (- New Zealand Police)

‘Walking on Eggshells: child and adolescent violence in the family
Mary McKenna, Rosalie O'Connor, Relationships Australia, Flinders University, Southern Junction Community Services, 2012.
A booklet to assist parents of children who are causing violence in the home.



Parents who kill children
Dr. Debbie Kirkwood, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, Discussion Paper, Edition 3, Spring/Summer, 2011.
‘In many of these cases, fathers kill children to punish their ex-partner for leaving them.
The paper reviews the national and international studies on the killing of children by parents. It then discusses eight cases of men who have killed their children during or after their separation from the children’s mother. It also examines cases of mothers who killed children during or after separation.’ (- DVRCV)


Justice System

Sentencing Appeals in Victoria: Statistical Research Report
Sentencing Advisory Council, Melbourne, 2012.
‘This statistical report examines data on the operation of sentence appeals in Victoria.’ (- SAC)


Measuring Crime

Australian crime: Facts & figures, 2011
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2012.
‘Facts & Figures is an up-to-date snapshot of crime patterns and trends in Australia. It contains information on specific crimes, victims, offenders, the location of criminal acts and the operation of criminal justice systems - focusing on the work of police, courts and prisons.’ (- AIC)

 Consumer scams—2010 and 2011
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2012.
‘…the Australian Institute of Criminology has conducted an online survey on behalf of the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT) to assess consumer fraud experiences of those who choose to participate, asking about their experiences in the preceding 12 months. In 2010, 246 respondents participated and in 2011 this increased to 1,145.  In 2011 almost 60 per cent of respondents were female, and the largest age category of respondents was 45–54 years.  In relation to people who responded to scams, lottery scams have been the most prevalent scam type each year since 2008, with 90 individuals responding to these invitations in 2011 (31% of all those who responded to any scams). (- AIC)

Criminal Courts, Australia, 2010–11. ABS 4513.0
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012.
Statistics about offenders at Australian courts: Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's Courts across Australia from July 2010 to June 2011, showing characteristics such as age, type of offence and locality, as well as types of sentences.

Organised crime and trafficking in persons
Fiona David, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2012.
‘In this paper an overview is provided of the existing research on the organisation of human trafficking internationally and in Australia. It begins with an examination of the key concept: precisely what is organised crime? This is followed by an examination of the Australian and international literature on trafficking offending, a review that confirms the paucity of primary research on this subject.’ (- AIC)

Drug use monitoring in Australia: 2009–10 report on drug use among police detainees
Josh Sweeney and Jason Payne, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2012.
‘The report found that two-thirds of the 5,714 police detainees who had provided a urine sample tested positive to at least one type of drug.’ (- AIC)

Scam delivery methods 2007 to 2011
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2012.
‘These results show an overall trend away from scam delivery by mail towards the use of email and telecommunications. Interestingly, the 2011 results indicate that the use of email as an initial means of contacting people has reduced from earlier years, and instead there is a considerable increase in the use of telecommunication services, such as landlines, mobile phones and SMS, to contact potential victims.’  (- AIC)

Targeting scams: Report of the ACCC on scam activity, 2011
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, 2012.
‘This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community. It highlights the cooperative work of the ACCC, other regulators and law enforcement agencies to disrupt scams and educate consumers.’ (- ACCC)

The association between birth cohort size and fluctuating crime levels: A Western Australian case study
Lisa Rosevear, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2012.
‘This paper uses a case study of the Western Australian population to illustrate the extent to which Australia’s largest (‘baby bust’) cohort have engaged in higher levels of criminal activity compared with smaller birth cohorts.’ (- AIC)

The effect of arrest and imprisonment on crime
Wai-Yin Wan, Steve Moffatt, Craig Jones and Don Weatherburn in Crime and Justice Bulletin, Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, NSW, 2012.
‘The criminal justice system plays a significant role in preventing crime. Some criminal justice variables, however, exert much stronger effects than others. Increasing arrest rates is likely to have the largest impact, followed by increasing the likelihood of receiving a prison sentence.’ (- BOCSAR)

The impact of structural ageing on crime trends: A South Australian case study
Lisa Rosevear, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2012.
‘A case study of the South Australian population is provided; a state where the relevant data was available to investigate how the declining proportion of younger people and increasing proportion of older people in the population has reduced past crime levels and should reduce future crime levels. While the South Australian population is ageing at a greater rate than some other jurisdictions, this paper has national relevance as the populations in all states and territories are ageing to some degree and as this occurs, the impact on crime levels should be evident throughout Australia.’  (- AIC)


Sexual Assault

Intimate partner abuse of women in Queensland
Heather Nancarrow, Karena Burke, Stewart Lockie, Renette Viljoen, Jahar Choudhury, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, CQUniversity, 2011.
‘Due to the particular geographic, economic and cultural characteristics of parts of Queensland many families are affected by atypical work schedules, periodic separation and isolation. Each of these may be expected to impact on the quality of relationships and, potentially, on the experience of intimate partner abuse.’ (- QCDFVR)

Report of the Review of allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence - Facing the problems of the past, VOLUME 1:

General findings and recommendations [Extracts]
Dr Gary A Rumble, Ms Melanie McKean, Professor Dennis Pearce AO, Commonwealth of Australia, 2011.
‘The Review has had before it specific allegations within scope from 847 different people (sources). Many of these sources have more than one allegation within scope.  We have allegations across every decade from the 1950s to date. (- Dr Gary A. Rumble, Ms Melanie McKean, Professor Dennis Pearce).

Support for access to justice for female victims of violence
Sinziana Iancu, Commission on the status of women, 2012.
‘One approach to counteract gender-based violence is strengthening the judicial system and eliminating
barriers to justice for female victims of violence…’  (- CSW)


In the Media

Australia leads the world in collecting crime tips - the high tech way
SA Police News Report

 Crash driver wins access to witness statement
ABC Report

Dropped cases clog up SA system
AdelaideNow Report

Lawyers to face changes in SA
ABC Report

Harsh punishment offers no justice to crime victims
InDaily Report

Justice reform low priority for Labor
InDaily Report

Magistrates ‘engine room’ of justice system [and 2 other articles]
InDaily Report

Call to cull crime programs that don’t work
InDaily Report



Zee Productions presents: ‘I looked into the darkness around me’ by Dirk Zadra
Supporting Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast
4-19 May, 2012: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 7.30pm, Matinee on Saturdays, 2pm
The Studio, Holden Street Theatres, Hindmarsh.
Tickets on sale from April 2012. Contact Venuetix.

National Volunteer Week
14-20 May, 2012
Volunteering Australia



Homelessness Research Conference
19-20 April, 2012.  Melbourne, VIC.
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and RMIT University

The CLA Regional Law Conference, 'The Changing Role of the Legal Profession: Emerging Democracies and Globalisation'.
19-22 April, 2012. Sydney, NSW.
Commonwealth Lawyers Association

The NOI 2012 Neurodynamics and the Neuromatrix conference.
26-28 April 2012. Adelaide, SA.
Neuro Orthopaedic Institute

Truth, testimony, relevance: improving the quality of evidence in sexual assault cases
15-16 May, 2012. Melbourne, VIC.
The Australian Institute of Criminology, the Australian Institute of Family Studies and Victoria Police

National Rural and Regional Law and Justice Conference
18-20 May 2012.  Coffs Harbour, NSW.
University of New England School of Law with Deakin University School of Law

RANZCP 2012 Congress, 'Cells, Circuits and Syndromes'
20-24 May, 2012. Hobart, TAS.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

WA Family Pathways Network Conference, ‘Families and Domestic Violence – through the looking glass’.
29-30 May, 2012. Perth, WA.
WA Family Pathways Network

2012 Health and Community Services Workforce Innovation Conference
31 May-1 June, 2012. Hilton Hotel, Brisbane, QLD.
Health and Community Services Workforce Council


Courses held by ANZATSA, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse, in 2012
If contacting by email, check that the email address has ‘NSW’.

Courses held by the Australian Childhood Foundation in 2012

Courses held by CBT Australia in various centres, in 2012

Courses held at Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, in 2012

Courses held by Gestalt Therapy Australia in Victoria in 2012

Courses held by TATRA in 2012

2012 Catherine Helen Spence Commemorative Oration - Protecting Vulnerable Children: Can South Australia Rise Again to the Challenge?
4 April, 2012.  The Hawke Centre, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA.
Presenter: Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott
Australian Centre for Child Protection at UniSA    

Suicide and self-harm awareness and assessment
11 April, 2012. Hindmarsh, SA.
A development and training program for community members to gain awareness and skills in dealing with suicide and self-harm. Presenter: Paul A Wood. Contact: 8392 3100.
Anglicare’s ‘Families in Focus’

Certificate in CBT with Children & Adolescents
17–20 April, 2012.  Education Development Centre, 4 Milner St, Hindmarsh, SA.
CBT Australia                  

Webinar - Keeping everything in mind: Application of mindfulness strategies when working with men and women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.
26 April, 2012. 7pm EST.
Presenter: Kent Smith.
Living Well

Case Notes : Your legal obligations as workers.
27 April, 2012. Women’s Health Statewide, 64 Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide, SA.
Women’s Health Statewide Monthly Friday Forum
Presenter: Join Zita Ngor.
Bookings are essential. RSVP by 20th April 2012 to 08 8239 9600 or cywhswhs@health.sa.gov.au

Correctional Services: Rehabilitation or Revolving Door? (forum)
4 May, 2012. Effective Living Centre, Wayville, SA.
Presenters: Prof. Rick Sarre, University of South Australia and Anna Kemp, 'Seeds of Affinity'.
Contact: Effective Living Centre, office@effectiveliving.org

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum: The hard yarns – culture and healing
9-10 May, 2012. Mackay, QLD.
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research

 Supporting the Suicide Bereaved
10 May, 2012. Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide, SA.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Working Relationally with Trauma
16 May, 2012. Fairfield, VIC.
Presenter: Noel Haarburger
Gestalt Therapy Australia

The Australian Law Firm Social Media Best Practice Toolkit – Workshop - Untapping the full potential and mitigating the risks of social media in law firms
16-17 May, 2012. Melbourne, VIC.
Ark Group Australia













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