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.
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.
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.
Back to Life: Getting Past Your Past with Resilience, Strength, and Optimism / by Alicia Salzer. 2011.
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Are you feeling emotionally 'trapped', and in need of a way out - to resilience and happiness? Psychiatrist Dr. Alicia Salzer offers you new ways to overcome victimisation and traumatic events, by looking forward instead of dwelling on the past. She suggests using ten 'stones' symbolising ten new ways of coping, to be there for you when you need them most. And she tells the stories of famous people who have survived and thrived.Learn more about the VSS Resource Centre and join here
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