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VSS Professional Victim Worker of the Year Award 2018

At the VSS annual general meeting on Monday 29th October, the professional victim worker of the year award was presented to Professor Wendy Lacey, Professor of Law, School of Law, University of South Australia.

Professor Lacey was honoured by this award for her work in the campaign against elder abuse. 

This award has promoted awareness of elder abuse in South Australia, especially institutional abuse. 


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In the Media

Recent ABC media reports on Law, Crime and Justice can be viewed online here
Recent South Australian news can be viewed here

Domestic violence and a simple tool called the 'No Test' could identify an abusive partner
ABC News, January 31, 2019

Behind closed doors (subscriber only content - contact The Advertiser to see fulltext) 
Lauren Novak, The Advertiser, SA Weekend Magazine, February 2, 2019

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Our Publications

Latest VSS Submission: Response to Evidence (Reporting on Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill 2019  


Download our submissions to Government and other stakeholders on important issues affecting victims of crime. 

Policy area Title Date
Alcohol-fueled violence Review of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 January 2016
Child Protection Royal Commission into the Safety of At Risk Children: Draft Terms of Reference August 2014
Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Criminal Justice October 2016
  Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Experiences of Police and Prosecution Responses  June 2015
  Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Redress and Litigation March 2015
  Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Statutory Victims of Crime Compensation Schemes June 2014
  Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Advocacy and Support and Therapeutic Treatment Services November 2015
Courts Consultation on the Impact of Court Closures in South Australia December 2014
Disability NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework April 2015
  Senate Community Affairs References Committee: Indefinite Detention of People with Cognitive or Psychiatric Impairment in Australia April 2016
Family and Domestic Abuse Statutes Amendment (Domestic Violence) Bill 2018 Consultation August 2018
  Social Development Committee Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence February 2015
  Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee: Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality March 2016
  Domestic Violence Discussion Paper September 2016
Image-based Sexual Exploitation Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee: Inquiry into Revenge Porn in Australia January 2016
Offenders Draft Sentencing (First Principles) Bill 2016 March 2016
  Criminal Law (Extended Supervision Orders) Bill 2015 February 2015
  Improving Responses to Women Offenders and Prisoners in Correctional Settings April 2014
Provocation Criminal Law Consolidation (Provocation) Amendment Bill 2013 August 2014
Sexual Offences Evidence (Reporting on Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill 2019 July 2019
State Election Submission to inform: 2014 South Australian Election January 2014
Transforming Criminal Justice  Connecting the Criminal Justice System through Information Management April 2016
  Better Sentencing Options: Creating the Best Outcomes for our Community September 2015
  Efficient Progression and Resolution of Major Indictable Offences April 2015
  Putting People First March 2015
Victims of Crime Compensation Victims of Crime Compensation (Amendment) Bill 2014 September 2014


Crime Victim e-news

View the latest edition here.

Conference overview

Julian Roffe, Chief Executive, Victim Suport Service


Keynote - The needs of child and adolescent victims of crime

Prof S Caroline Taylor


Facilitated workshop - Mapping the issues



Plenary sessions

Post-separation violence and the implications

Prof Donna Chung


The experience of children and adolescents in care

Amanda Shaw, Guardian for Children and Young People


Aboriginal child and adolescent victims of crime

Cheryl Axelby, Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement


The experience of child and adolescent victims of crime with a disability

Hon Kelly Vincent MLC, Dignity for Disability


Can we improve outcomes for child and adolescent victims of crime?

Assoc Prof Rita Schackel, Sydney Law School


Perspectives from the education sector

John Perti, Psychologist and Evan Pezos, Director - Student Welfare, Rostrevor College


Working with adolescent victims

Robert Leardi, Clinical Psychologist, 'Take-Two' Berry Street

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