Surviving in Exile – Trauma to Recovery

Victim Support Service SA Symposium 31 May 2019

Victim Support Service SA Symposium will be held on May 31st 2019 at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide to gather representatives for the voices of victims. The purpose of Surviving in Exile is to share experiences, knowledge, ideas and best practice in Trauma to Recovery. Victim Support Service SA is the leading organisation addressing all aspects of trauma associated with crime and providing a trauma-informed response service. The Symposium aligns with forty years of Victim Support Service advocating for South Australians in providing integrated safety, counselling and justice support services to people impacted by crime and abuse in South Australia.

Register on our website from 20th February


Welcome to Victim Support Service

Victim Support Service (VSS) provides free and confidential help to adult victims of crime, witnesses, their family, and friends across South Australia. We work in partnership with other organisations, we are not a government agency or part of the police and you don't have to report a crime to get our help. It doesn’t matter when the crime happened and you can call us any time after the crime, whether it was yesterday, last week or several years ago.


Expression of Interest for Board Chair, Victim Support Service

The Victim Support Service Board is currently seeking expressions of interest from a suitably skilled and experienced Chairperson, to serve on the Board, and provide leadership, strategic direction and effective oversight of activities.

Please note that this is not a remunerated position although reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. In addition, candidates need to be a full member of Victim Support Service or intend to become a member. 

Details of the requirements for the role are available here.

Interested parties should email their Board related Curriculum Vitae and a short cover letter to the Chair at by close of business on Friday 15 February 2019.

If you are not personally interested in this role, you are encouraged to forward this advertisement on to others you consider suitably experienced to apply for the position.  


Annual Report 2017-18

The Victim Support Service Annual Report for 2017-18 is now available to view or download

Download the VSS Annual Report 2017-18 [pdf]

Trauma-informed care - Being Trauma-informed

by VSS staff member Darren Hincks

Being trauma-informed is to give consideration and understanding to the history of trauma and recognition of trauma responses in people’s lives. A trauma-informed approach prioritises the physical, psychological and emotional safety of clients and service providers while providing the opportunity for clients to rebuild control and empowerment.

Trauma-informed practice was first introduced to address the gap in trauma knowledge found in the mental health and substance addiction services in the United States (Harris & Fallot, 2001) where clients were often retraumatised during support.  The early practice focused on a framework of universal trauma screening , assessment and treatment, while minimising retraumatisation of clients. This approach required educating service providers on the biological, psychological and social effects of trauma.

For services operating under a trauma-informed philosophy, reframing victims as survivors is fundamental to the process of reconstituting and re-empowering individuals that have experienced trauma.

Read the full article here

SAMSN provide a support group for male survivors of child sexual abuse

For further information please visit the SAMSN website


VSS 1800 Helpdesk and Adelaide office will be closed from 5.00 pm Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen at 9.00 am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.  You are welcome to leave a message and we will respond on our return.

The holiday period can be stressful, so if you need support during this time, you can call Lifeline on  13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

You can also access Crisis Care after 4.00 pm on 13 16 11.

If your safety is at immediate risk please call South Australia Police on 000, or if you require their attendance call 131 444.

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