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Royal Commission

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In The Media

Conferences

Seminars

 

 

Letter from the Chief Executive Julian Roffe

 

Dear friends of VSS

Welcome to the February edition of Crime Victim e-news.

One of our strategic goals at VSS is to be a provider of expert information and support to all victims of crime in South Australia. I emphasise the word ‘all’ because our current funding model requires that VSS services are only offered to those aged 18 years and over.

Children are often the ‘hidden victims’ of crime and due to their vulnerability are disproportionately impacted by crimes such as family violence and child abuse. Effective support for traumatized children requires specialized trauma-informed services. Recent research by Child Families Communities Australia emphasised that “therapeutic responses to children exposed to domestic and family violence … should be trauma-informed”. (Children's exposure to domestic and family violence: Key issues and responses. Campo, M, CFCA, 2015) Read the publication here.

This issue was explored at our 2015 Annual Conference “Improving Justice and Support for Child and Adolescent Victims of Crime”. The views of conference participants on what is needed to better support young victims of crime were summarised in the report by DemocracyCo. which you can view here.  

To further the Conference proposals, VSS has produced a Discussion Paper entitled Services for Child Victims of Crime. VSS is now seeking responses from other interested parties on the services required to address the needs of children and young people who have been traumatized by crime.

In particular, we are seeking comments, feedback and ideas relevant to the two key proposals outlined in the Discussion Paper: A ‘single point of entry’ for young victims of crime to facilitate support and service provision; and a Children’s Court Advocate to work directly with young victims during a court case.  In addition, we are interested in hearing about trauma-informed models, innovations or practices that may better meet the needs of child victims of crime. Submissions can be emailed to katherinem@victimsa.org or by post to Katherine McLachlan, Quality and Research Manager, VSS PO Box 6610 Halifax St Adelaide SA 5000.

 

Julian Roffe

Chief Executive

 

Victim Support Service Update

Improving Justice & Support for Child & Adolescent Victims of Crime

Improving Justice and Support for Child and Adolescent Victims of Crime: Conference Report

This report summarises the discussion by conference participants about their views on what is needed to better support young victims of crime.
DemocracyCo.

 

Women’s Honour Roll – Jodie Sloan

Jodie Sloan, Deputy Chief Executive, Victim Support Service, has been honoured in the 2015 South Australian Women’s Honour Roll, which celebrates the diversity of women in our community and their commitment to effecting change to ensure that we live in a safer and more inclusive society. View the 2015 South Australian Women’s Honour Roll here

Office for Women

 

Submissions

VSS Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee Inquiry into Revenge Porn.

‘Revenge porn’ is the colloquial term for abuse which involves sharing private sexual images and recordings of a person without their consent, with the intention to cause that person harm.
 

VSS Submission to the Attorney-General’s Department Review of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997

One of the key topics for consideration in the Review relates to ‘a safer drinking culture’ and alcohol-related harms.  VSS support the view that prevention of alcohol harms should be the priority in undertaking this Review.

 

Other - First Response program

In partnership with South Australia Police, VSS are piloting the First Response program in Western Adelaide between March  and June 2016. First Response provides practical advice, information and emotional support to victims of property crime. Find out more about the First Response program and how you can get involved as a volunteer 

 

 

Aboriginal Issues

Existing knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities: State of knowledge paper
Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, 2016

Presents ‘the current state of knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities.’ (-ANROWS)

 

2015 AMA report card on Indigenous health - closing the gap on Indigenous imprisonment rates

Australian Medical Association, 2015

‘This Report Card is about more than defining the problem – it is about prescribing solutions. The AMA commends this Report Card to everybody involved with and concerned about Indigenous incarceration and its effect on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.’ (-AMA)

 

Eatts v Gundy and Torres Strait Islander traditional adoptions

Heron Loban, Aiden Booker, Kathryn van Doore. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 2015

‘This article has demonstrated that there is a mass of legal issues that need to be worked through if traditionally adopted children are to enjoy the same rights and protections as ‘legally’ adopted children.’ (-Ind. Law Bull.)

 

 

Child Protection – see also Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

 

Developing A National Approach To Redress For Survivors Of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Australia, Department of Social Services, 2016
The Commonwealth Government will lead the development of a national approach to redress for victims of institutional child sexual abuse.

 

Children's exposure to domestic and family violence: key issues and responses

Monica Campo, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Child Family Community Australia, 2015

This paper presents an overview of the effects of domestic and family violence on children, and outlines a range of evidence-based responses.

 

Developing a linked data collection to report on the relationships between child protection and youth justice supervision

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2015

‘Using available national data to understand the characteristics of children and young people who are both in the child protection system and under youth justice supervision, and their pathways through these systems, would assist … to achieve optimal outcomes for children and young people and for their families’ (-AIHW)

 

Children's rights report 2015

National Children’s Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, 2015

‘Chapter 4 reports on my national consultation about how children are affected by family and domestic violence, and includes fourteen recommendations.’ (-NCC)

 

One in three: Internet governance and children’s rights

Sonia Livingstone, John Carr, Jasmina Byrne. Global Commission on Internet Governance, Chatham House, 2015

‘This paper argues that Internet governance bodies give little consideration to children’s rights, despite growing calls from international child rights organizations to address their rights in the digital age.’ (-GCIG)

 

Crime Prevention

Perpetrator interventions in Australia

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2015

‘This paper maps the pathways and interventions for perpetrators of domestic/family violence and sexual assault through civil and criminal legal systems; and examines the responses and service systems currently available to such perpetrators in each jurisdiction.  ‘ (-ANROWS)

 

Preventing youth violence: an overview of the evidence

World Health Organization, 2015

‘Each year an estimated 200 000 young people aged 10–29 years are murdered, making homicide the fourth leading cause of death for this age group …Twenty-one strategies to prevent youth violence are reviewed, including programmes relating to parenting, early childhood development, and social skills development, as well as policies related to the harmful use of alcohol, problem oriented policing, and urban upgrading’ (-WHO)

 

Public safety mobile broadband: research report

Productivity Commission, 2016

This report considers the relative costs, benefits and risks of a range of options for delivering a public safety mobile broadband capability, either by deploying a dedicated network, relying on commercial networks, or both.

 


Cybercrime

Bullying: final report no. 22

Claire Jago, Tasmania Law Reform Institute, 2016

Considers what role the law should play in responding to all types of bullying behaviours, including cyber-bullying.

 

Family Violence Information Disclosure Scheme (New Zealand)

New Zealand Police, 2016

New Zealand Police have introduced a Family Violence Information Disclosure Scheme, based on a UK initiative known as Clare’s Law, which allows a person (or concerned family or friends) to request information from police as to whether their partner has a family violence history. This webpage explains how potential victims of family violence, or concerned relatives or friends, can request information relating to the violence history of a new partner.

 

New Zealand's National Plan to Address Cybercrime
New Zealand. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2015

NZ’s National Plan to Address Cybercrime, Cyber Security Strategy, and Action Plan were released December 2015.

 

Sexting among young people: Perceptions and practices

M. Lee, T. Crofts, A. McGovern & S. Milivojevic, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2015

Research report based on a survey of over 2000 Australian teenage respondents concerning their use of ‘sexting’ (the distribution of sexually explicit photos and videos via social media).

 



Domestic Violence - see also under Aboriginal issues

Domestic violence: Protections for renters

SACAT: South Australian Civil & Administrative Tribunal, 2015

Renting laws in SA changed on 10 December 2015 to provide more options to help victims escape domestic violence.

 

Domestic and family violence and parenting: mixed methods insights into impact and support needs

Leesa Hooker, Rae Kaspiew, Angela Taft, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, 2016

Examines the current state of knowledge on the impact of domestic and family violence (DFV) on parenting.

 

Domestic and family violence in regional, rural and remote communities

Monica Campo, Sarah Tayton, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2015

Outlines ‘the issues unique to domestic and family violence in regional, rural and remote communities.’ (-AIFS)

 

Domestic and family violence protection orders in Australia: an investigation of information sharing and enforcement

A. Taylor, N. Ibrahim, S. Wakefield, K. Finn, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, 2015

Investigating the enforcement and information sharing of domestic and family violence protection orders (DVPOs) in Australia, this paper examines current knowledge on the enforcement of DVPOs.

Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia - State of knowledge paper

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, 2015
Examines national and international research ’on the current knowledge about family violence against immigrant and refugee women.’ (-ANROWS)

 

Risk assessment: What is it and how can it be applied in family violence?

Pauline Gulliver and Janet Fanslow, New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, 2015

This paper aims ‘to develop a shared understanding of terminology and the underlying concepts around risk assessment. We also explore the role of risk assessment in preventing the escalation of family violence.’ (-NZFVC)

Sexual assault and domestic violence in the context of co-occurrence and re-victimisation: State of knowledge paper

ANROWS, 2015

Examines the intersection between sexual assault and domestic violence, focusing on two forms of concurrent victimisation: re-victimisation (when a woman, over her lifetime, experiences both sexual assault and domestic violence) and intimate partner sexual violence, and examines their impacts on survivors.

 

The Violence Against Women Self-Assessment Tool 

The International Center for Research on Women, 2014

A tool for organisations to assess their effectiveness in addressing violence against women.

 

 

Drugs

Methamphetamine in Adelaide: Perspectives from Police Detainees

Madeleine Kapira, Susan Goldsmid & Alexandra Gannoni, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2015

‘In 2010–11, methamphetamine use increased among Adelaide police detainees. This increase has since plateaued at between 20-25%…In 2015, 21% of Adelaide detainees tested positive to methamphetamine via urinalysis.’ (-AIC)

 

Risky business: the alcohol industry’s dependence on Australia’s heaviest drinkers

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, 2016

“the decline in the amount of alcohol being consumed as a nation in fact masks alarming patterns of consumption in significant segments of the population.” (-FARE)

 

 

Justice

Perpetrator interventions in Australia

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2015

‘An Australian first, this state of knowledge paper maps the pathways and interventions for perpetrators of domestic/family violence and sexual assault through civil and criminal legal systems; and examines the responses and service systems currently available to DFV and sexual assault perpetrators in each jurisdiction.‘ (-ANROWS)

 

Imprison me NT: paperless arrests and the rise of executive power in the Northern Territory

Jonathon Hunyor, Indigenous Law Bulletin, 2016

This article considers the November 2015 High Court decision on NT’s paperless arrest laws, and places it in the context of other developments in the law in the NT that have contributed to a culture of mass incarceration.

 

Can child protection data improve the prediction of re-offending in young persons?

Clare Ringland, Don Weatherburn, Suzanne Poynton, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2016
This study aimed ‘to determine whether the inclusion of child protection data improves the ability to predict re-offending in young persons with few prior formal contacts with the criminal justice system.’ (-BOCSAR)

 

The health of Australia's prisoners 2015

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2015

‘Explores the conditions and diseases experienced by prisoners; compares, where possible, the health of prisoners to the general Australian community and provides valuable insight into the use of prison health services.’ (-AIHW)

 

Recent developments in DNA evidence

Marcus Smith, Monique Mann, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2015

DNA evidence has made a significant contribution to criminal investigations in Australia and around the world since it was widely adopted in the 1990s. This report describes recent developments in DNA technology.

 

Youth detention population in Australia 2015

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2015

From June 2011 to June 2015, numbers and rates of young people in detention dropped slightly…, but trends varied among the states and territories. Just over half of all young people in detention on an average night were Indigenous.

 

 

Measuring crime

Global terrorism index 2015: measuring and understanding the impact of terrorism

Institute for Economics and Peace, 2015

Measures the impact of terrorism in 162 countries. To account for the lasting effects of terrorism, each country is given a score that represents a five year weighted average.

 

 

Mental health

The mental health challenge requires significant attention and research

Ian Jacobs, Michael Spence, The Conversation, 2015

We are making progress in understanding some of the most elusive and debilitating conditions of modern times – the mental illnesses that account for almost a quarter of health-related disability worldwide.

 

Review of the law relating to self-defence: final report

Tasmania Law Reform Institute, 2015

This report considers the circumstances in which a person can lawfully use force in self-defence, in particular how the law should treat mistaken beliefs in the need for self-defence arising from delusions caused by mental illness, or heightened perceptions of danger produced by psychological factors, intoxication or drug-induced psychosis.

 

 

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Read more about the Royal Commission’s work here

Developing A National Approach To Redress For Survivors Of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Australia, Department of Social Services, 2016

 

The Commonwealth Government will lead the development of a national approach to redress for victims of institutional child sexual abuse. This announcement follows careful consideration of the Redress and Civil Litigation report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse The Commonwealth’s general view…is that, while substantial responsibility for the operation of the redress process will reside with the jurisdiction in which the offending institution was or is located, it is essential all governments commit to core principles and processes for the assessment and payment of redress.

 

You can also view the VSS March 2015 submission to the Royal Commission concerning redress and litigation here

 

Directions hearing called

The Royal Commission has called a directions hearing to be held in Sydney on Friday 5 February 2016 at 10am immediately following the directions hearing in relation to Cardinal Pell.

 

Newly released reports:
 

Report of Case Study 19 - The response by the State of New South Wales to child sexual abuse at Bethcar Children’s Home in Brewarrina New South Wales

 

Report of Case Study 15  - The response of  swimming institutions, the Queensland and NSW Offices of the DPP and the Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian to allegations of child sexual abuse by swimming coaches

 

Report of Case Study no. 13 – The response of the Marist Brothers to allegations of child sexual abuse against Brothers Kostka Chute and Gregory Sutton 

 

Report of Case Study 18 – the response of Australian Christian Churches and affiliated Pentecostal churches to allegations of child sexual abuse

 

Written submissions now available:

 

Written submissions for Jehovah’s Witnesses public hearing

Written submissions on addressing the risk of child sexual abuse in schools

Written submissions for the public hearing into Victorian state run youth training and reception centres

 

Justice McClellan’s speech to the Australian and New Zealand Regional Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (28 November 2015)

In his speech The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, addressed the Commission’s work and its findings including the impacts of abuse, and redress, compensation and advocacy for survivors of abuse.

 

Call for submissions : information about child sexual abuse at The King’s School and Tudor House Preparatory School

The Royal Commission would like anyone who has information regarding child sexual abuse at The King’s School in North Parramatta, NSW and Tudor House Preparatory School in Moss Vale, NSW to contact the Royal Commission.

 

 

New Publications in the VSS Resource Centre

 

Intergenerational cycles of trauma and violence: An Attachment and Family Systems perspective.  Alexander, Pamela. 2014. Examines the role of child/caregiver relationships in intergenerational transmission of violence. Tr110

 

Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth. Rendon, Jim. 2015. This book looks at supporting trauma survivors to promote positive responses. Tr108

 

These items are for loan from the VSS Resource Centre. Read more information here

 

 

Websites

 

1800RESPECT online toolkit

Designed for frontline workers supporting women experiencing domestic family violence or sexual assault, and who need legal assistance or are planning to go to court. The toolkit can be personalised and downloaded.

1800RESPECT

 

Love: the good, the bad and the ugly

A website about relationships for young people, produced by Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria. Includes information, quizzes, stories, videos, advice on how to have a good relationship, and what to do about violence or abuse. DVRCV Victoria

 

The South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT)

This website details the recent changes to the Residential Tenancies Act to accommodate victims of domestic violence. It also has downloadable fact sheets including: “Preparing for a hearing: domestic violence cases”.

South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

 

 

Web apps

SmartSafe+

A smart interactive app to assist people experiencing family violence to collect and store quality evidence safely.

DVRCV Victoria

 

 

In the Media

 

Domestic violence court assistance service in high demand for SA women

ABC Report

 

Victims of crime left waiting as legislation to increase payment is on hold again

Adelaide Now report

 

'These women are not just statistics'

Advice: This website contains images and names of people who have died.

ABC Report

 

South Australia to compensate members of the Stolen Generation

ABC Radio National transcript

 

Port Adelaide bail facility proposed as a 'rethink' in managing alleged offenders

ABC Report

 

Catholic Church releases new legal guidelines to deal with civil claims of child sex abuse

ABC Radio National transcript

 

SA prison beds increase: Mobilong expands while extras added to Mount Gambier and Port Augusta

ABC Report

 

Four ex-detectives join Families SA investigation unit to assess complaints against staff and carers

ABC Report

 

Families SA got many warning signs on paedophile carer Shannon McCoole, SA royal commission told

ABC Report

 

Baby Ebony inquiry: Nationwide database recommended for child protection cases

ABC Report

 

Turnbull Government to start negotiations on National Child Abuse Redress Scheme

Sydney Morning Herald news report

 

 

Conferences

The For purpose Summer School

A 3 day professional development event for those working in the not-for-profit or for-purpose sectors. Features interactive skills development workshops and expert panel discussions. Key focus areas are communications, strategy development, policy and advocacy. For more information, contact Caterina Giorgi at caterina.forpurpose@gmail.com or on 0402 726 002.  Register here

17-19 February, 2016. Canberra, ACT.

For Purpose and YWCA Canberra 

 

Inaugural National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children.

Will showcase how current Australian research is informing policy and practice in addressing violence against women.

Get more information and register here
23-25 February, 2016.  Melbourne, Victoria.

ANROWS

 

Ending Domestic & Family Violence

For more information or to register contact Criterion Conferences on +61 2 9239 5700, click here or email registration@criterionconferences.com
12-13 April, 2016. Sydney, NSW.

Criterion Conferences

 

 

Seminars

 

Suicide Prevention Workshop

Free workshop for community members aged over 18 years. The program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them.

To register click here

4 February, 2016. Mawson Lakes, SA.

Wesley LifeForce

 

Family and Carers - a MIFSA Carer Support program

This program is conducted over 7 weeks giving helpful interventions for carers of those living with mental illness.

To book, phone MIFSA on 8378 4100 or email carersupport@mifsa.org
Commencing 4th February 2016. Wayville, SA.

OR

Commencing 9th February 2016. Christies Beach, SA.

MIFSA

 

Journey to Recovery  - a MIFSA Carer Support program

This program is conducted over 8 weeks for the person living with mental illness and their carer/support person.

To book, phone MIFSA on 8378 4100 or email carersupport@mifsa.org
Commencing 16th February 2016. Wayville, SA.

MIFSA

 

Trauma through a child's eyes
This workshop is presented by Maggie Kline and shows how the use of games, activities and art, integrated with Somatic Experiencing techniques, can support children and adolescents to overcome traumatic events.
To register click here

19-22 February, 2016. Melbourne, VIC.

Somatic Experiencing Australia


Women’s Wellbeing and Mindfulness Group

Learn simple strategies and practices to reduce stress and anxiety and increase wellbeing..

Cost: Free. Light refreshments provided. Childcare available.  Bookings essential.                    

If interested please contact: Kim Voss or Toni Holden on 8444 0700

23 February – 15 March, 2016 (10am-12 noon). Women’s Health Service, 47 Dale Street, Port Adelaide.

Dale Street Women’s Health Service

 

Supporting resilient workers: addressing vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout

Presenter: Fiona Meade. Cost: $110, includes Morning Tea and Lunch.

To book: contact Fiona Meade Counselling & Group Work 0452040997 fionameade@outlook.com

24 February, 2016.  Uniting Church, Murray Bridge, SA
Fiona Meade Counselling & Group Work

 

Neuroscience for Clinicians: Brain Change for Stress, Anxiety, Trauma, Substance Abuse, and Depression

Presented by C. A. Simpkins and A. M. Simpkins. Discover ways to use neuroplasticity therapeutically.
To register click here

View the program here

16 March, 2016. Adelaide, SA.

TATRA Corporate and Allied Health Training Services

 

 

 

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