We are working hard to improve support for victims of crime and their families in South Australia. We do this by listening to victims of crime, acknowledging their needs, and empowering them to have their voice heard at every level of Government and the justice system.
‘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.
If you have a trade or business or want to donate in other ways, please contact the VSS Helpdesk on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846) to discuss how you can help.
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 -
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our general enquiries form.
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.
Tahlee Mckinlay, Flinders University
Katherine McLachlan and Victoria Laughton, Victim Support Service
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?
Call the VSS Helpdesk on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846).
We are working with Flinders University to understand the experiences of victims of crime who use alcohol and other substances to copy with the impact of crime and trauma.
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.
Do you have research skills or experience and would like to donate your time to supporting our research projects? We'd love to hear from you.
If you're interested in becoming a Research Volunteer, simply fill out a volunteer application form.
We welcome and value your feedback about your experience with us. We want to make sure our services are as good as they can be. To give us your feedback, simply fill out the feedback form.
Download our submissions to Government and other stakeholders on important issues affecting victims of crime.
|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||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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Julian Roffe, Chief Executive, Victim Suport Service
Prof S Caroline Taylor
Facilitated workshop - Mapping the issues
Prof Donna Chung
Amanda Shaw, Guardian for Children and Young People
Cheryl Axelby, Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
Hon Kelly Vincent MLC, Dignity for Disability
Assoc Prof Rita Schackel, Sydney Law School
John Perti, Psychologist and Evan Pezos, Director - Student Welfare, Rostrevor College
Robert Leardi, Clinical Psychologist, 'Take-Two' Berry Street
Port Lincoln (Lower Eyre), Whyalla (Upper Eyre), Port Augusta (Far North), Port Pirie (Yorke & Mid North), Berri (Riverland), Murray Bridge (Murraylands), Mount Gambier (Limestone Coast)