July 2012
Dear Friends of VSS
Welcome to the July 2012 edition of the Crime Victim e-news. We hope that you continue to find the information relevant and useful.  I would personally welcome any feedback on our regular e-news and suggestions from our readers to help further improve our publication.
Some activities that VSS are involved in July include:
  • Presenting at the Australasian Conference of Child Trauma
  • Launch of the Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation
  • 10th Anniversary Celebrations in Port Lincoln of the relationship between Victim Support Service Incorporated and Yarredi Services Incorporated
Finally, something we would urge all our readers to get behind is a concert being held in the evening at The Gov on Thursday 19 July.  Angry Anderson is teaming up with local rock bands, The Flyers, and Before the Aftermath for an awesome night of Aussie rock. Proceeds from the night will be donated to Bravehearts to assist victims of child sexual assault. Tickets are available from: Moshtix or at The Gov on the night.Once again thank you for your continued support of VSS.
Kind Regards
Tony Waters | Chief Executive
Child Protection
Child, Family, Community, Australia, 2012.
‘This paper examines legal provisions requiring specified people to report suspected child maltreatment to statutory child protection services in Australia.’ (- CFCA)
Elly Robinson, Child Family Community Australia (CFCA), Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2012.
‘Parents’ involvement in safe use of technology starts from a child’s first use, and they are a critical part of ensuring their teenage children’s responsible and safe use of online services as part of a whole-of-community response to cyberbullying. This paper outlines definitions and statistics related to cyberbullying, differences between cyberbullying and offline bullying, and parents’ roles and involvement in preventing and responding to cyberbullying incidents.’ (- AIFS)
Child Family Community Australia, 2012.
‘Each state and territory has their own procedures and it is necessary to fulfil the requirements in the jurisdiction(s) in which you are working. However, under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children, a nationally consistent approach is being progressed.’ (- AIFS) 
Daryl Higgins, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2012.
 ‘Under the National Framework, actions are being taken at a range of levels by community agencies, state/territory and Australian Government departments, each of which operates under different legislative frameworks, with different organisational mandates and with a different professional/disciplinary focus. One of the challenges that Australia faces is to reach agreement (between organisations, sectors and jurisdictions) about how best to measure achievements under the framework, and to monitor the safety of children and young people.’ (- AIFS)
Domestic Violence
Taskforce for Action on Violence within Families, Ministry of Social Development, 2012.
‘Informed by, and aligned with, seven ethnic specific cultural frameworks on addressing family violence. A literature review has been produced as a guide for policy writers. The frameworks define and explain meanings of family, violence, and key concepts and principles that promote family wellbeing for seven ethnic specific Pacific communities. They will inform the development of a training programme to assist ethnic specific practitioners, service providers and non-Pacific practitioners working with Pacific victims and perpetrators and their families affected by family violence.’ (- NZFVC)
Victims Support Agency [Vic], Department of Justice, 2012.
‘This Volume 5 report provides evidence-based trend analysis of state-wide, comprehensive, cross sector family violence incidents reported in Victoria from 1999–2010.  The Database is the only project of its kind in Australia and a unique source of patterns and trends in family violence reporting in Victoria in the context of family violence initiatives within this period.’  (- DoJ)
From the Intimate Partner Violence and Homicide Symposium, 3 May 2012, Brisbane, QLD.
Paul Mazerolle, Li Eriksson, Holly Johnson, Richard Wortley
‘Approximately 300 homicide incidents in Australia each year ~20% involving intimate partners.’ (- Paul Mazerolle)
Asher Flynn and Kate Fitz-gibbon, Melbourne University Law Review, Vol 35, 2012.
‘…the use of plea bargaining to resolve defensive homicide cases raises concern because it limits the ability to effectively evaluate the practical application of this new offence, including its impact on gender bias in the operation of homicide law. This inability is primarily due to the hidden nature of plea bargaining in Victoria, which arises from the fact that the process is not recognised in, or controlled by, any statute.’ (- Asher Flynn and Kate Fitz-gibbon)
Australian Attorney-General’s Department, 2012.
‘The Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011 (‘Family Violence Act’) amends the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (‘Family Law Act’) to provide better protection for children and families at risk of violence and abuse.  The amendments will help people within the family law system to better understand violence and abuse and ensure it is reported and responded to more effectively.’ (-AGD)
Edwina Schneller, NSW Parliamentary Research Service, 2012.
‘This e-brief looks specifically at specialist family violence courts (FVCs). As background, selected overseas developments are discussed, as are various Australian innovations, including the NSW Domestic Violence Intervention Court Model (DVICM) pilot. A starting point for much of the analysis is the 2010 joint report by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) and NSW Law Reform Commission (NSWLRC), Family Violence - A National Legal Response, (ALRC & NSWLRC's Joint Report).’ (- NSW PRS)
Measuring Crime
Natalie Gately, Jennifer Fleming, Robyn Morris and Catherine McGregor, Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2012.
‘Amphetamine users are more likely to commit property, robbery and weapons offences than users of other drugs. However, users are no more prone to violent offences, which supports other studies of amphetamine users and their criminal behaviours.  It is also concluded that the failure to reduce the use of amphetamines has a cumulative social and health cost to the community’. (- Adam Tomison)
Child sexual abuse and subsequent offending and victimisation: A 45 year follow-up study
James RP Ogloff, Margaret C Cutajar, Emily Mann and Paul Mullen, Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2012.
'This study investigates whether a disproportionate number of CSA victims subsequently perpetrate offences and experience future victimisation compared with people who have not been sexually abused. In a sample of 2,759 CSA victims who were abused between 1964 and 1995, it was found CSA victims were almost five times more likely than the general population to be charged with any offence than their non-abused counterparts, with strongest associations found for sexual and violent offences. CSA victims were also more likely to have been victims of crime, particularly crimes of a sexual or violent nature.  This research highlights the need for therapeutic interventions targeted at adolescent male CSA victims, particularly with regard to offender treatment programs, where many programs currently do not allow for exploration of offenders’ own sexual victimisation.' (- Adam Tomison)
New publications issued at the end of June.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012.
New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, 2012.
‘This data summary is a collation of publicly available information about the effect of family violence on children and youth. Data are presented about deaths and crime relating to children in New Zealand. For the current purpose, children are defined as those aged 14 years and under and youth as those aged 15-24 years.’ (- NZFVC)
New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, 2012.
‘Presents data about homicide and mortality attributed to family violence in New Zealand. This data summary brings to light some of the issues associated with estimating the number of deaths resulting from family violence each year in New Zealand. (- NZFVC)
New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, 2012.
‘This data summary is a collation of publicly available information about violence against women, including offences, hospital discharges, Protection Orders and Breaches of Protection Orders and Women's Refuge service use.’ (- NZFVC)
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012.
State and Federal information about people in custody and community-based corrections.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012.
‘Comparable statistics relating to cases of Federal Defendants heard in the criminal jurisdiction of the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's Courts across Australia for the period 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011. The statistics describe the characteristics of defendants with finalised federal offences, including information about their offences and sentence outcomes.’ (- ABS)
Jeremy Prichard, Foon Yin Lai, Paul Kirkbride, Raimondo Bruno, Christoph Ort, Steve Carter, Wayne Hall, Coral Gartner, Phong K Thai and Jochen F Mueller, Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2012.
'By chemically analysing sewerage water, the study produced daily estimates of consumption of methamphetamine, MDMA and cocaine. Samples were collected in November 2009 and November 2010 from a municipality in Queensland, with an population of over 150,000 people. Estimates were made of the average daily dose and average daily street value per 1,000 people. On the basis of estimated dose and price, the methamphetamine market appeared considerably stronger than either MDMA or cocaine. This paper explains the strengths and weaknesses of wastewater analysis.' (- Adam Tomison)
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012.
The National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS); The Australian and New Zealand Standard Ofence Classivication (ANZSOC); and other sources of Victimisation data.’ (- ABS)
Sexual Assault
Liz Wall, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2012.
‘Women who have been sexually assaulted by their partners experience a number of serious risks that are different and more serious than women who experience physical violence alone. These include: a greater risk of being killed by their partner; stress-related symptoms; increased likelihood of gynaecological problems; and detrimental emotional and mental health effects.  It can't be assumed sexual violence will be revealed - even when physical violence is disclosed, the sexual aspect may not be.’ (- AIFS)
In the Media
ABC Report
ABC Report
ABC Report
ABC Report
AdelaideNow Report
ABC Report
AdelaideNow Report
Media Release, Hon Gail Gago.
SA Police News
ABC Report
The Dunny Door Campaign aims to place information regarding the National 1800RESPECT telephone and online counselling service on the back of every public toilet door in Australia.
NSW Rape Crisis Centre
1-8 July, 2012.
National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee
Angry Anderson and support acts
19 July, 2012.
VSS urge all our supporters to get behind a concert being held at The Gov on Thursday 19 July.  Angry Anderson is teaming up with local rock bands, The Flyers, and Before the Aftermath for an awesome night of Aussie rock. Proceeds from the night will be donated to Bravehearts to assist victims of child sexual assault. Tickets are available from Moshtix or at The Gov on the night.
Entries in by 12 August, 2012.
SA Police and Neighbourhood Watch Volunteers Association of South Australia.
16 August, 2012. The Adelaide Gaol.
SA Police.
Missing People: Issues and Implications Conference
5-6 July, 2012. Sydney, NSW.
e-Kiddna Event Management

RC33 Eighth International Conference on Social Science Methodology
9-13 July, 2012. Sydney, NSW.
International Sociological Association.
12-13 July, 2012. Hobart, TAS.
School of Sociology & Social Work, University of Tasmania.
25-26 July, 2012. Sydney, NSW.
Intrepid Minds
Australian Institute of Family Studies

Preventive Detention Asking the Fundamental Questions
27-28 July, 2012. Gold Coast, QLD.
Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy, Bond University
7-9 August, 2012. Brisbane, QLD.
Violence Against Women Conference
9-11 August, 2012. Perth, WA.
Early Childhood Intervention Australia
17-18 August, 2012. Ashmore, QLD.
Queensland Law Society

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

Uluru Criminal Law Conference
31 August - 1 September, 2012. Uluru, NT.
Legalwise Seminars
April 2012. Presented at the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research.
‘In her seminar, Dr Dawson described trends and patterns of domestic homicide in Canada, together with key findings of the Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee.
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research
Student criminology forum 2012
6 July, 2012. Griffith, ACT.
Australian Institute of Criminology
Webinar: Making men who perpetrate family violence visible in child protection work
17 July, 2012. Online.
Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) and No To Violence
19, 20, 21 July, 2012. Melbourne, VIC.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Australia
August, November and next April. Dates to be advised. Adelaide and country centres.
6-24 August, 2012.  Several centres in Australia.
Berry Street Childhood Institute
14 August, 2012. Adelaide, SA.
Presenter: Dr Bruce Perry
Berry Street Childhood Institute
22-23 August, 2012.  Eltham, VIC.
Presenter: Donna Zander
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