August 2012
Welcome to the Victim Support Service’s Crime Victim e-news.
Dear Friends of VSS
Welcome to the August 2012 edition of the Crime Victim e-news. We hope that you continue to find the information relevant and useful.  This includes the latest information, events, conferences & seminars for those with an interest in victims of crime is now available online, along with previous issues.
Some activities that VSS are involved in August include:
  • Presenting at the Violence Against Women Conference
  • Presenting at the Doing Justice for Young People in Australia and New Zealand Conference;
  • Training in the trauma treatment techniques of Behavioral Activation and Cognitive Processing Therapy; and
  • Preparation of the Staying Home Staying Safe Program in the Ceduna and Coober Pedy regions.

On August 16th I will be taking part in the Whitelion Adelaide Bailout campaign at the Adelaide Goal.  If you would like to help raise my bail to have me released then please click here and follow the simple steps – search for inmate Tony ‘BMW’ Waters!

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Once again thank you for your continued support of VSS.

Kind Regards 

Tony Waters | Chief Executive

VSS Update
The Transcontinental, Port Augusta
VSS is proud to promote the
6-8 September, 2012. Perth, WA.
Keynote speakers: Prof. Doug Zatzick, Public Health Approaches to Disaster; Prof. Michael Scheeringa, Posttraumatic Stress in Very young Children; Prof. Pat Dudgeon, Indigenous Populations in Trauma.
Bringing together key advances in research and evidence-informed practice in treating posttraumatic stress.
Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS) and the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH)
Aboriginal issues
Deborah Scott, Child Family Community Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2012.
‘In this paper we present and discuss a snapshot of data describing the rates of involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out of home care.’ (- AIFS)
Kyllie Cripps and Megan Davis, Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse, 2012.
‘This brief will describe some of the promising efforts to reduce Indigenous family violence in Australia and overseas, including both government and community initiatives, as well as support mechanisms and measures for victims.’ (- IJC)
A report to the Attorney-General prepared by the Family Law Council, 2012.
‘Council’s approach to this reference was oriented towards generating an understanding of the issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in accessing and using the family law system. This process has highlighted the diversity of experiences among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities and the complexities involved in designing and delivering services that effectively meet their needs.’ (- FLC)
Department of Human Services, Victoria, 2012.
‘This framework meets the commitment made to develop an Indigenous specific prevention framework for family violence identified in Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families: Towards a safer future for Indigenous families and communities Ten Year Plan.  The framework is designed to support: Aboriginal family violence primary prevention capacity building; effective, sustainable activities; ownership and leadership within Aboriginal communities.  The framework also provides evidence of the range of community led initiatives that are contributing toward the prevention of family violence in Aboriginal communities in Victoria.’ (- Department of Human Services)
Robyn Gilbert, Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse, 2012.
‘In this brief, the focus will be on initiatives that have attempted to coordinate the activities of different government departments and different levels of government, and to work closely with local community organisations and individuals …evaluations [of place-based initiatives around Australia] are described, with a particular focus on the lessons that can be learned from those initiatives.’ (- AJC)
Child Protection
Kaur, J, JK Diversity Consultants, Queensland, Australia, 2012.
‘Governments at both Commonwealth and State levels have developed multicultural policy frameworks, which aim to address the needs of migrants and refugees who settle in Australia. However, the knowledge from multicultural policies and refugee sector has not necessarily been incorporated into child protection practice, policy frameworks and
legislation.’  (- J.Kaur)
Rhys Price-Robertson, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2012.
‘This paper outlines the key findings of the limited research that has investigated how a history of child sexual abuse can influence men's perceptions and experience of fatherhood, and also discusses some of the reasons why this important topic remains largely excluded from public, academic and policy discourses. This paper will be most useful to practitioners and policy-makers who work to support men, parents and/or families.’ (- AIFS)
The economic costs of child abuse and neglect.
Updated by Deborah Scott, Child Family Community Australia information exchange at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2012.
… ‘costs associated with long-term effects of child abuse and neglect make the prevention of child abuse and neglect a priority. More importantly, the prevention of child abuse and neglect is a critical priority because of the social costs of child abuse and neglect and the imperative to prevent children from experiencing its devastating effects.’ (- AIFS)
Ken Knight, Child Family Community Australia information exchange at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2012.
‘Following the release of the report of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry, a range of expert commentators offered appraisals and reflections on the Inquiry’s findings and recommendations. At the Institute Justice John Fogarty, a retired Family Court Judge, gave an insightful presentation outlining his response to the report.’ (- AIFS)
Prachi Mittal and Holly Carrington, KIDShine, May 2012.
‘There is a direct relationship between partner abuse and child abuse. Emotional and behavioural problems for children who witness abuse (of one parent by the other) mirror those of children who are physically abused.’ (Safer Homes in NZ Everyday)
Domestic Violence
Conference proceedings – online DVD
Held on 28 May 2012, Wellington, New Zealand.
Co-hosted by the Families Commission and the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse
Lawlink, NSW Government, 2012.
‘The objective of the minimum standards is to ensure that all programs in NSW reflect good practice and are safe and effective in changing the behaviour of perpetrators of domestic violence. While there is room for variation in the methods and approaches adopted by program providers, this minimum standards set benchmarks that will apply to all programs.’ (- Lawlink)
Migrant Women’s Support Service Inc (MWSS) together with Relationships Australia SA (RASA).
‘Migrant Women’s Support Service Inc (MWSS) with regional domestic violence services works with migrant women and children of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in domestic violence to provide them with culturally sensitive risk and needs assessments, safety planning, support, information, advocacy and referral to, and other relevant services.’ (- MWSS)
The Australian experience: unions & employers discuss domestic and family violence entitlements
Safe at Home. Safe at Work, University of New South Wales, 2012.
‘ A ten minute video with unions, CEOs and working women’s centres talking about why domestic violence is a workplace issue, negotiating clauses and implementing support.’ (- UNSW)
Sandy Paton, Central Queensland Family Law Pathways Network, 2012.
‘Again we are simply making it easier for people to find the extensive range of resources and tools currently available to support professionals working in the system and people going through Family Court processes. The information is sourced from the Australian Government, state agencies, not for profit organizations, universities and legal firms.’ (-CQFLPN)
Victorian Auditor-General’s Report, 2012.
The Department of Justice ‘has devoted significant resources to minimising the harmful effects that can arise from alcohol consumption. However, the effectiveness of these efforts has been limited by poorly developed, implemented and evaluated strategies. The whole-of-government strategy Restoring the Balance: Victoria’s Alcohol Action Plan 2008–13 (VAAP) aimed to reduce: risky drinking and its impact on families and young people; the consequences of risky drinking on health, productivity and public safety; the impact of alcohol-fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour on public safety.’ (Victorian Auditor-General)
Australia Law Reform Commission, 2012.
A report offering 102 recommendations for changes to Australian laws regarding domestic violence.
Ministerial Media Statement
‘Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said under the new legislation, repeat child sex offenders would be be jailed for life and unable to apply for parole for at least 20 years.’ (- Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, The Hon. Jarrod Bleijie)
Measuring Crime
Professor Mike Clare, Dr Barbara Black Blundell, and Dr Joseph Clare, Crime Research Centre, The University of Western Australia; Joint Initiative with Advocare Inc., April 2011.
‘While a problematic concept, elder abuse is an issue of deepening concern in our ageing society and the challenge for government and welfare agencies is to ensure that there are adequate resources available to respond to it effectively. It is hoped that the results of this research will inform elder abuse prevention practices for a number of local agencies and allow key agencies working with elder abuse to improve their responses and address perceived gaps in current processes.’ (- CRC)
Samantha Bricknell, Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2012.
‘This report follows a modest group of publicly released examinations of firearm trafficking operations in Australia, to describe what can be determined about the composition and maintenance of the illicit firearm market, its use by serious and organised crime groups and the diversity of transaction arrangements used to vend illicit firearms.’ (- AIC)
Lubica Forsythe and Antonette Gaffney, Australian Institute of Criminology, July 2012.
‘This is the first Australian study to measure the prevalence of mental disorder among offenders nationally, using information provided by 690 police detainees who participated in the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program. Around half reported having been diagnosed with a mental disorder in the past.’ (- Adam Tomison, AIC)
AIHW, 2012. AIHW bulletin no. 104.
‘This bulletin reports on the mental health of prison entrants, based on data from the 2010 National Prisoner Health Census. In 2010: - Nearly one third of prison entrants reported that they had mental health issues (a rate 2.5 times higher than the general population) - 16% of prison entrants took medication for mental health issues - 3 in 4 prison entrants who were taking mental health medication also used illicit drugs during the previous 12 months.’ (- AIHW)
Edward B Heffernan, Kimina C Andersen, Abhilash Dev and Stuart Kinner, Med J Aust 2012; 197 (1): 37-41.
‘There remains an urgent need to develop and resource culturally capable mental health services for Indigenous Australians in custody.’ ( - Edward B Heffernan, Kimina C Andersen, Abhilash Dev and Stuart Kinner,)
Jacqueline Joudo Larsen and Lauren Renshaw, Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2012.
‘This paper summarises what is currently known about the nature of people trafficking in Australia. It includes an examination of how the reality of people trafficking compares with community perceptions of the crime. The authors note the need to establish reliable data-driven monitoring systems to better assess the nature and extent of trafficking into Australia, and the need to educate the Australian community to improve their understanding, given the important role they play in identifying and supporting trafficking victims.’ (- Adam Tomison)
Jacqueline Joudo Larsen, Lauren Renshaw, Samantha Gray-Barry, Hannah Andrevski, Toby Corsbie, Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2012.
‘Between January 2009 and June 2011 there were 73 police investigations in Australia and 145 trafficked people entering the government’s victim support program - slightly more than in the previous period. Victims continue to be overwhelmingly from south-east Asia, one-third from Thailand alone.’ (- AIC)
Sexual Assault
Adolescents with sexually abusive behaviours and their families - Best Interests Case Practice Model and Specialist Practice Resource
Dr Russell Pratt, Robyn Miller and Cameron Boyd, 2012. State of Victoria and the Commonwealth of Australia 2012.
An overview of what is happening in Victoria with sexually-abusive adolescents, and a guide to assist practitioners to deal with these situations.
Paula McDonald, and Michael Flood, for the Australian Human Rights Commission, 2012.
‘One significant area that may inform prevention and response strategies is the area of ‘bystander approaches’. In examining the potential for bystander approaches to prevent and respond to workplace sexual harassment, this paper draws upon a range of theoretical and empirical research.’ (- AHRC)
Mary Stathopoulos Australian Institute of Family Studies, July 2012.
The ‘Sexual Offences Child Sexual Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) …consists of highly trained specialist detectives who not only investigate sexual crimes, but they are also trained in dealing appropriately with sexual assault victims.
The training is conducted by a Forensic Interview Advisor, …Patrick Tidmarsh, …a consultant with Victoria Police. …He has run treatment programs for adult sexual offenders and adolescents who sexually offend, including the Male Adolescent Program for Positive Sexuality (MAPPS). The interview covers the "whole story" framework and some of the challenges and opportunities this approach encompasses for investigators and victim/survivors of sexual violence.’ (- AIFS)
New Publications in the VSS Resource Centre
Hague, Gill & Harvey, Ann & Willis, Kathy.  (2012). Understanding Adult Survivors of Domestic Violence in Childhood: Still Forgotten, Still Hurting. London, England, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Scheinbaum, Sandra.  (2012). How to Give Clients the Skills to Stop Panic Attacks: Don't Forget to Breathe. London, England, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
In the Media
The Recorder Report
ABC Report
ABC Report
ABC Report
AdelaideNow Report
ABC Report
InDaily Report
AdelaideNow Report
AdelaideNow Report

A Matter of Life and Death                                                                                                                                                                                            ABC Report – coming soon to ABC i-view

White Ribbon Round 2012
25 August, 2012. Port Noarlunga Football Club
7-9 August, 2012. Brisbane, QLD.
Violence Against Women Conference
10-12 August, 2012. Canberra, ACT.
Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies Conference 2012, 'Children's Rights - what's right for children?'
20-22 August, 2012. Sydney, NSW.
Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies

Violence Studies Conference
21-23 August, 2012. Newcastle, NSW.
Humanities Research Institute and the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle
23-24 August, 2012. Adelaide, SA.
Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association
23-24 August, 2012. Sydney, NSW.
Ombudsman, NSW

Uluru Criminal Law Conference
31 August - 1 September, 2012. Uluru, NT.
Legalwise Seminars
6-8 September, 2012. Perth, WA.
Keynote speakers: Prof. Doug Zatzick, Prof. Michael Scheeringa, Prof. Pat Dudgeon
Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS) and the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH)

Participatory Justice and Victims, ‘Achieving justice for victims in local, domestic & international settings’.
17-18 September, 2012. Canberra, ACT.
ANU College of Law, Victim Support Australia Inc & the ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner

21st International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, 'Convicts to Criminalistics, past , present and future'.
23-27 September, 2012. Hobart, TAS.
Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS)

2012 International Rural Network World Forum
24-28 September, 2012. Whyalla, SA.
Centre for Rural Health and Community Development, University of South Australia

Reducing Indigenous Youth Incarceration Using Justice Reinvestment & Partnership Building to Break the Cycle
26-27 September, 2012. Sydney, NSW
Criterion Conferences Pty Ltd.
Anglicare-SA. Date and place to be confirmed
6-10 August, 2012. Flinders University. Adelaide, SA.
Law and Justice, Flinders University.
Human Trafficking
Free community awareness-raising training presented by the Red Cross
13, 14, 15 August, 2012. Adelaide - 3 venues.
The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA)
14 August, 2012. Adelaide, SA.
Presenter: Dr Bruce Perry
Berry Street Childhood Institute
15-16 August, 5-6 Nov and 13-14 Nov, 2012. Coober Pedy, Ceduna and Adelaide, SA
Safe Spaces: a forum on domestic abuse and the workplace
16 August 2012. Margaret Murray Room, Level 4 Union House, The University of Adelaide
Presenters: Dale Bagshaw, Sandra Dann, Maria Hagias
RSVP by Friday 10 August to
6-24 August, 2012.  Several centres in Australia.
Presenter: Dr Bruce Perry
Berry Street Childhood Institute
22-23 August, 2012.  Eltham, VIC.
Presenter: Donna Zander
Donna Zander and Associates
Child Safe Environments (Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect)  - Formerly known as Mandatory Notification
23 August, 2012. NVSA Conference Room, 39 John St, Salisbury, SA
Phone 8250 1582 
Northern Volunteering
23-24 August and 27-28 August. Adelaide, SA.
Interactive Drawing Therapy
Bower Place
28 August and 23 October, 2012. Melbourne, VIC.
CASA House
31 August, 2012. Adelaide, SA
Bower Place
31 August, 2012.  Adelaide SA.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
7 September, 2012. Adelaide, SA.
Bower Place
26-27 September, 2012. Arundel, QLD.
2 November, 2012. Adelaide, SA.
Addressing Violence Alliance












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