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.

 

White Balloon Day

VSS supports Bravehearts in its White Balloon Day fundraising on 7 September 2018. As supporters of adult survivors, we see the lifelong effects of the trauma of child sexual abuse and assault. Our Chief Executive and staff are actively fundraising for the campaign.

 

 

Victim Support Service

2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Will be held on Monday 29 October

4:45pm for 5pm start

In the VSS Training and Conference Centre

Level 2, 33 Franklin Street

Click here to register 

Minutes from the last year’s AGM will be available at this event unless requested beforehand from info@victimsa.org
 

Nominations open: Victim Worker of the Year Awards

Victim Support Service is very pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2017 - 2018 Victim Worker of the Year Awards. The Victim Worker of the Year Awards are presented every year to two workers who have made a positive difference in the lives of people impacted by crime or abuse. There are two categories: a ‘volunteer’ award and a ‘professional’ award. Check out the eligibility criteria for each category. If you know someone who has made a positive difference in the lives of people impacted by crime and abuse, we would love to hear from you!

Simply complete a nomination form and email it to our Chief Executive, Caroline Holmstrom at carolineh@victimsa.org by 5pm, 28 September 2018.

 

Annual Report 2016-17

The Victim Support Service Annual Report for 2016-17 is now available to view or download

Download Annual Report 2016-17 here [pdf]

 

For further information please visit the SAMSN website here

Advocacy update: Safely Together Pilot Program 

 

Children need to feel safe to recover from family and domestic abuse.

‘MySafePlace’ is a key component of the Safely Together Program, a new service for children who have experienced family and domestic abuse.

MySafePlace turns children’s dream bedroom designs into a reality, helping them to feel safe and secure in their own home and support their recovery from family and domestic abuse.

These bedroom makeovers are much more than a TV ‘feel-good’ renovation – they will make a lasting difference in the lives of many children and families.

Since 2011 our Staying Home, Staying Safe (SHSS) program has improved the safety and reduced the risk of homelessness for over 4,000 women affected by family and domestic abuse in South Australia by improving their home security, but the funding for this program does not extend to providing specific support to children.

That’s where MySafePlace steps in. This initiative, along with other components of the Safely Together Program will provide a greater level of support for children to help them feel safer in their own home.

Children will also have access to counselling and therapeutic interventions to improve their psychological wellbeing as part of the program.

The Safely Together Program is funded by the Attorney-General’s Department (SA) under the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Grants. 

For more information about our Child Victims of Crime Advocacy Campaign, go to our Create Change page. 

This successful pilot program ended on 30 June 2017 and is currently being evaluated.

 

Resource of the Week


National Child Protection Week 2 – 8 September [website]
NAPCAN invites you to get involved with National Child Protection Week this year and play your part in creating safe and nurturing environments for all Australian children.
NAPCAN Deputy CEO, Leesa Water, urges Australians to start thinking about child abuse as something that can be prevented rather than a problem to be fixed after the fact.
“Most people are surprised the learn that approximately 1 in 32 children are the victims of substantiated child abuse each year in Australia. …However, we know that these rates of abuse are not inevitable. There is clear evidence that much of this abuse is preventable.

Children thrive when their families have the support they need, and are part of strong connected communities. Our aim is to encourage governments, service providers, and the broader community to direct resources and efforts into prevention, so that all children are valued, nurtured and able to live free from violence, abuse and neglect.”


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