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 where the crime happened and you can call us any time after the crime, whether it was yesterday, last week or several years ago.
Acting CE UPDATE
15 November 2017
Dear Friends of VSS,
I am delighted to announce that commencing in November 2017 the Zahra Foundation Australia will be piloting the provision of an outreach specialist financial counselling service at our VSS, Franklin Street office.
The Zahra Foundation Australia was officially launched in Adelaide in September 2015. The Foundation aims “to assist South Australian women and children affected by domestic and family violence, empowering them and providing pathways towards economic independence” (Zahra Foundation Mission Statement).
The financial counselling service is a free and confidential service available for women affected by domestic and family violence. Women do not need to be in a financial crisis to access the service. Services can be as simple as a review of finances, help to find ways to save money or support to create a family budget.
Financial counselling services are by appointment only. So, please call the Zahra Foundation Office to make a booking on 08 8352 1889.
On behalf of the VSS staff, volunteers and Board Members I would like to wish our E-News readers a safe and peaceful festive season.
Acting Chief Executive
Victim Support Service
At the VSS annual general meeting on Monday 30th October, the victim worker of the year award was presented to Greg Mayfield, senior journalist for the Recorder and the Flinders News at Port Pirie.
Greg Mayfield was honoured by this award for his work in the campaign against domestic violence.
This award has promoted awareness of domestic violence in regional South Australia -
Recorder journalist named Victims Worker of the Year (The Recorder, October 31st, 2017)
The Victim Support Service Annual Report for 2016-17 is now available to view or download
‘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.
The Truth of Memory and the Memory of Truth : Different Types of Memory and the Significance for Trauma [Register to download a copy]
Stavropoulos, P & Kezelman, C. Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma. 2018.
The authors explain some of the complexities of memory and trauma; to the general public, legal and health practitioners, media and policy makers. It is a timely release, given the confusion and misconceptions about trauma and memory among professional groups, as well as the wider community. False information impacts negatively on clients, therapists and the courts. This paper covers topics such as: different types of memory; understanding memory, traumatic memory, implicit (body-somatic) memory; the protective role of ‘forgetting’; and recovered memory. Tr140
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