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VSS Professional Victim Worker of the Year Award 2017

At the VSS annual general meeting on Monday 30th October, the victim worker of the year award was presented 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)

Recorder journalist named Victims Worker of the Year (The Flinders News, October 31st, 2017)

 

House break-ins have lasting personal impact 

The RAA’s latest research reveals that victims’ stress and anxiety levels are highly impacted following a house break-in. 

We provide free emotional support and practical information about personal safety, home security and compensation claims.

Anyone impacted by a break-in can call the VSS Helpdesk on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842846) for free information and support.

Media Enquiries

Looking for comment on issues affecting victims of crime? Call the Victim Helpline on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846) and ask for our media team. You can also email us at media@victimsa.org or complete our general enquiries form.

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

‘Hell’s angel’ - Ann O’Neill: turning grief into good (TV program)
ABC Television, Australian Story, 26 November 2018

More than half of women killed in 2017 died at hands of partner or relative
SBS, 27 November, 2018

Why are our prisons full of domestic violence victims?
Hayley Gleeson with Julie Baird, ABC News, 20 December 2018

Victims’ Rights Commissioner considers action to close legislative loophole that can leave victims in the dark on charges
(subscriber only content - contact The Advertiser to see fulltext) Lauren Novak, The Advertiser, December 27, 2018

Children are at risk because judges cannot rule on violence early enough 
Emma Smallwood, The Guardian, 7 January 2019

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

Our Publications

We regularly deliver presentations about the work we do to help victims of crime on their journey to recovery. 

'Why did she take the pictures in the first place?': Sexting, Revenge Porn and the Law

On 31 August 2016, the Flinders University Centre for Crime Policy and Research and Victim Support Service co-presented a Professional Development Seminar regarding Sexting, Revenge Porn and the Law.

Sexting and 'revenge porn' use email, mobile phones and the internet to circulate intimate still and video images. Sexting may or may not occur with consent. Revenge porn, by definition, occurs without consent.

Drawing from current Flinders University research and South Australian examples, the presentations explore the offence of ‘revenge porn’, examining the social, technological and legal context within which these offences are perpetrated.

The remedies for such offences are outlined including legislation, policy responses and victim supports. Check out the presentations delivered at the Seminar below. 

Sexting and Revenge Pornography

Tahlee Mckinlay, Flinders University

Five Myths about Revenge Porn 

Katherine McLachlan and Victoria Laughton, Victim Support Service

Revenge Porn CPD Seminar

Dr David Plater, South Australian Law Reform Insitute and the South Australian Attorney-General's Department

Looking for a VSS speaker for your next event?

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If you've been a victim of crime and would like to share your experience with our research team,  we'd love to hear from you. Simply fill out a general enquiries form.

 

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If you're interested in becoming a Research Volunteer, simply fill out a volunteer application form.

 

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Submissions 

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
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

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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

DemocracyCo

 

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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