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.


Victim Support Service


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, Friday 5 October 2018.


Annual Report 2016-17

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

Download the VSS Annual Report 2016-17 [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

Resource of the Week

Anti-poverty week 14-20 October 2018 [website] 

Just published in Anti-poverty week is a new report by the Australian Council of Social service: Poverty in Australia 2018 The report demonstrates the importance of public policy especially social security, but also housing and employment policies - in increasing or reducing poverty. The evidence shows that through social security, housing and employment policies, we, as a nation, choose the level of poverty we are prepared to accept.

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