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.
The Victim Support Service Annual Report for 2017-18 is now available to view or download
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.
White Ribbon Day 23 November 2018 [website]
White Ribbon Day is an opportunity to show where we stand on ending men's violence against women in Australia.
A number of events will be hosted in and around Adelaide including the White Ribbon March on Saturday 24 November, 10am-11.30am. The march commences at Parliament House, North Terrace then proceeds down King William Street to finish in Victoria Square (Tarndanyangga), Adelaide. For inquiries, contact the Adelaide March Committee: https://www.facebook.com/whiteribbonmarchadelaide/
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