Dear Friends of VSS
Welcome to Crime Victim enews for August/September 2017.
Have you heard about the work being done by the new SA initiative Spirit of Woman?
Australia does not have a national memorial to honour the women and children who have suffered and died from Domestic and Family Violence. Spirit of Woman, (an organisation established by Helen Oxenham, a founder of one of South Australia’s first Domestic Violence shelters), wants to change this. Spirit of Woman is seeking community input on a dedicated space in South Australia to honour and acknowledge the pain and suffering caused by Domestic and Family Violence. This space will be a focal point for remembrance as well as a place for the community to come together to celebrate collective courage, healing, unity and harmony and share their hopes for a future Australia, free from violence.
Spirit of Woman in partnership with Relationships Australia (SA) are conducting a community survey regarding the establishment of a memorial. It takes about 5 minutes to complete the online survey Additional support can also be provided by signing and sharing the Spirit of Woman online petition
Victim Support Service strongly support the need for a memorial in South Australia and encourage you to participate in the survey and sign the petition.
Victim Support Service provide information, counselling, legal advice about Intervention Orders, and practical support to people recovering from the impact of family and domestic abuse. Please contact us if we can be of assistance on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842846).
Acting Chief Executive
Victim Support Service
Acting Chief Executive
Victim Support Service
Bringing Them Home 20 years on: an action plan for healing
Patricia Anderson, Edward Tilton, Healing Foundation, 2017
“This is a report for everyone, and outlines as a whole how we can actively support healing for Stolen Generations and their descendants. There needs to be commitment to making change. We all have a responsibility to do this together.”
Improving cultural understanding and engagement with people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities [Webinar]
Craig Rigney (CEO Kornar Winmil Yunti), 1800RESPECT, 2017
This webinar explores the complexities of domestic and Aboriginal family violence, provides insights into greater Aboriginal cultural competency and community engagement, and shares best practice approaches to recognising and responding for frontline workers across all sectors.
Indigenous incarceration: unlock the facts
“We need a comprehensive, co-ordinated and holistic approach, which involves leadership and partnership from the Federal, state and territory governments to shift more investment into preventative and early intervention approaches.” (-PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Change the Record Coalition, Human Rights Law Centre, 2017
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women make up around 34 per cent of the female prison population but only 2 per cent of the adult female population. This report calls for system-wide change and outlines 18 recommendations to redress racialized and gendered justice system outcomes.
Stronger safer together
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, 2017
This publication is intended as a reflective practice resource and toolkit for services providing support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Age of consent laws
Child Family Community Australia, 2017.
Information for practitioners and researchers on age of consent legislation in Australia.
Multiagency Investigation and Support Team (MIST) pilot: evaluation report
Leah Bromfield, James Leslie Herbert, Australian Centre of Child Protection, UniSA, 2017
This report summarises the findings of the evaluation of the Multiagency Investigation and Support Team, a Western Australia pilot project providing a cross-agency response to severe child abuse cases.
View the latest ANROWS research on domestic violence
View all recent news from the Royal Commission here
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts
Patricia Anderson [and 10 others] FOR The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2017
A strong connection to culture can help protect these children from sexual abuse in institutions.
Assessing the different dimensions and degrees of risk of child sexual abuse in institutions
Patrick Parkinson, Judy Cashmore FOR The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2017
This research report identifies four dimensions of risk of child sexual abuse in institutional settings.
Criminal Justice Report
In this report The Royal Commission make 85 major recommendations aimed at reforming the Australian criminal justice system in order to provide a fairer response to victims of institutional child sexual abuse.
Empirical Guidance on the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Memory and Complainant’s Evidence
Jane Goodman-Delahunty [and 2 others] FOR The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2017
This report outlines research findings that “common sense” beliefs about memory, frequently held by police, lawyers, judges, juries and laypeople, did not correspond with scientific knowledge about memory.
This review looks at current best evidence for treating children with problem or harmful sexual behaviours and children who have sexually offended. It recommends they have access to effective therapeutic services.
Outcome evaluation of NSW’s Safer Pathway Program: victims’ experiences
Lily Trimboli, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2017
The primary aim was to see whether the Safer Pathway program is more effective in reducing domestic violence related offences (e.g. physical assault, threats of physical assault, intimidation) than the conventional response to such offences.
Kelsey Hegarty [and 7 others], Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2017
Although mental health and sexual violence services often see the same women, there is often a lack of communication and cross-referrals between services. The ‘With Study’ considers how to promote a trauma-informed organisational model of care, responsive to women and practitioners, and embed it into the complex system of mental health and sexual violence services.
Recent ABC media reports on Law, Crime and Justice can be viewed online here
Recent South Australian news can be viewed here
Domestic violence victims get legal help via SA project
In a South Australian first, a major hospital and the Legal Services Commission are working together to help women access vital legal advice to escape domestic violence.
ABC News, 13 August 2017
The words left unsaid about the disappearance of Tanja Ebert
INDAILY, 25 August 2017
Court system is unfair and traumatic for child sexual abuse victims
The Guardian, 2 August 2017
State government closes the door on suffering abuse victims
InDaily 26 July 2017 - Opinion
Very few victims have received more than $50k compensation since maximum went up in 2015
Advertiser, 27 July 2017
National Victims of Crime Conference 2017: Victims’ Voices - Reform, Innovation and Action
The Conference will explore effective ways to give victims and survivors a voice in addressing their diverse needs and how their experiences are influencing and reforming services and policy responses.
6 September 2017. Brisbane, QLD
Griffith Criminology Institute
Australian Social Policy Conference
Australia’s pre-eminent multidisciplinary conference concerned with issues of social policy such as poverty, welfare and social inequality.
25–27 September 2017. Sydney, NSW
University of New South Wales
Celebrating 50 years of ANZSOC, the 2017 conference theme is ‘Acknowledging the past, imagining the future.’
5–8 December 2017. Canberra, A.C.T.
Australian Institute of Criminology, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.
Port Lincoln (Lower Eyre), Whyalla (Upper Eyre), Port Augusta (Far North), Port Pirie (Yorke & Mid North), Berri (Riverland), Murray Bridge (Murraylands), Mount Gambier (Limestone Coast)