Dear friends of VSS
Welcome to the August edition of Crime Victim e-news.
A new Discussion Paper on domestic violence, released jointly at the end of July by the Attorney-General John Rau and Minister for the Status of Women, Zoe Bettison, poses questions around eight topics, and seeks the views of the community and experts. The eight topics are:
  1. Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme Who should be able to find out about someone’s history of domestic violence offending? How should this scheme work?
  2. Expiry Dates on Intervention Orders Should intervention orders (previously restraining orders) be able to expire after a certain period?
  3. Comprehensive Collection of Data What is the best way to ensure that accurate data relating to domestic violence is collected?
  4. Allowing Video Evidence Should police video recordings from incidents be admissible as evidence at trial?
  5. Confidentiality Should changes be made to improve the confidentiality of counselling and medical records in court?
  6. Drug and Alcohol Treatment Should assessments for drug and alcohol abuse be mandatory as part of the intervention orders process?
  7. Homelessness How can we better deliver homelessness services to people experiencing domestic violence? 
  8. Fostering Supportive Environments How can victims be better supported in the workplace and other environments?
You can provide feedback to the Discussion Paper by either:
  • completing an online survey here or;
  • providing a written submission via email to or;
  • providing a written submission via mail to Justice Sector Reform, Office of the Chief Executive, Attorney-General’s Department, GPO Box 464, Adelaide SA, 5001.
Submissions are due by the 4th September 2016
Kind regards
Julian Roffe
Chief Executive
VSS Update
‘Revenge Porn and the Law' Seminar
Victim Support Service and the Centre for Crime and Policy Research have partnered to deliver a professional development seminar on ‘Revenge Porn and the Law'.
The seminar will explore: the social, technological and legal context within which revenge porn is perpetrated,
the impact of revenge porn on victims, and legal and policy responses to revenge porn.
Participants are invited to network over drinks and nibbles after the seminar.  
Wednesday 31 August 2016, 4 pm-6 pm.
Room 1, Level 1, Flinders University, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Cost: $110 for professionals in private practice (e.g. lawyers, psychologists, social workers seeking CPD),
$50 for professionals in the government and non-government sectors, $25 for students, volunteers and non-waged
Victim Support Service and the Centre for Crime and Policy Research
Health Professionals Workshop: Working with adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse – the SAMSN approach.
This workshop is designed to assist clinicians and other professionals working with adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Cost $295.
Tuesday 6 September 2016. Adelaide, SA.
Victim Support Service Inc. in partnership with the Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN)
Aboriginal Issues
Internet on the outstation: the digital divide and remote Aboriginal communities [ebook]
Ellie Rennie, Eleanor Hogan and 4 others, Institute of Network Cultures, 2016
This ebook is the result of a multi-year research collaboration, which included a trial of internet infrastructure, training and maintenance in 3 small Aboriginal communities . “At its heart, Internet on the Outstation is a compelling examination of equality and difference in the digital age, asking: Can internet access [really] help resolve the disadvantages associated with remote living?” (-INC)
Darryl Wright [and 8 others], Public Health Research & Practice, July 2016
“The full potential for research to improve Aboriginal health has not yet been realised. This paper describes an established long-term action partnership between Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs), the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales (AH&MRC), researchers and the Sax Institute.” (-PHRP)
Child Protection – see also Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children
World Health Organization, 2016
“INSPIRE… identifies a select group of strategies that have shown success in reducing violence against children. They are: implementation and enforcement of laws; norms and values; safe environments; parent and caregiver support; income and economic strengthening; response and support services; and education and life skills.” (-WHO)
The public health approach to preventing child maltreatment: Discussion paper
Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2016
This paper describes the public health approach to preventing child maltreatment, and outlines its strengths and limitations.
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, 2016
SNAICC has undertaken research and consultation and has produced this paper to inform and influence policy development and practice reform. Both policy and practice must support the safety and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and cannot be allowed to place them at greater risk of harm.
Crime Prevention
Nick Grimm, Lexi Metherell, ABC Radio World Today, 12 July 2016
Report examining the NSW government's plans to engage the National Australia Bank in a partnership to reduce recidivism rates.
Simon Chapman, Philip Alpers, Michael Jones, Journal of the American Medical Association, 22 June 2016
“From 1979-1996 (before gun law reforms), 13 fatal mass shootings occurred in Australia, whereas from 1997 through May 2016 (after gun law reforms), no fatal mass shootings occurred. There was also significant change in the preexisting downward trends for rates of total firearm deaths prior to vs after gun law reform.” (-JAMA)
Rick Sarre, Salus Journal, October 2015
The authors contend that firearm-related violence can only be limited by a continuation of the legal controls that currently shape firearms policy in Australia.
Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN)  [Website]
This website enables you to report cybercrime online. It is a national online system which allows secure reporting of  instances of cybercrime. It also provides advice to help people recognise and avoid common types of cybercrime.
Australian Federal Government
Domestic Violence
South Australia. Attorney-General’s Department, 2016
The Attorney-General John Rau and Minister for the Status of Women Zoe Bettison have released a Domestic Violence Discussion Paper. This paper suggests a series  of measures to help address domestic violence,including “a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, under which a person’s history of domestic violence could be disclosed to a partner”.  Public feedback is invited via the online consultation hub yourSAy until Sunday, 4 September 2016.
National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions
Council of Australian Governments (COAG), 2015
“The Standards and their associated performance indicators will consistently guide and measure the actions our governments, community partners and systems take, and the outcomes they achieve when intervening with male perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence against women and their children.” (–COAG)
Mothering in the context of intimate partner violence: Perceptions of service providers – call for participants
Researchers on the project Mothering in the context of intimate partner violence are seeking participants for their study on Australian domestic violence service providers' experiences regarding the effect of intimate partner violence on parenting stress.
J. Fairthorne, R. Walker, N, de Klerk & C. Shepherd IN BMC Public Health, 16, pages 461 on, 2016
“This study found that Aboriginal mothers had a distinctly higher risk of death from external causes (accidents, suicides and homicides) than other Australian mothers.” (-BMC Public Health)
A question of parity [Journal article]
K. Morgensen IN DVRCV Advocate, 2: pages 14-17, 2015
“Muslim women need culturally specific approaches to family violence that recognise the complex challenges they face” (-DVRCV Advocate)
Disability related issues
Paul Ramcharan, The Conversation, 2016
“The NDIS seems a worthy investment which, on the face of it, achieves our common wish to treat all humans with dignity and as equal citizens. But there are several issues still to be resolved. How to maximise choice remains a key problem – particularly for those unable to make these choices without support.” (-Paul Ramcharan)
Media Access Australia, 2016
Provides guidance on “how best to address accessibility-related issues for people with cognitive disability in a [digital] media context.” (-MAA)
Transcript of: The Cognitive Guide – breaking barriers for better communication [Transcript]
Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia, 2016
Dr Hillier talks about how to present online information so that it is more accessible for those living with cognitive disabilities such as acquired brain injury and autism.
Royal Society for Public Health (UK), 2016
“Sets out a new vision for a holistic public health-led approach to drugs policy at a UK-wide level … rather than one reliant on the criminal justice system.” (-RSPH)
Clare Ringland, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2016
This project aimed “To examine the effect of the Police and Citizen Youth Clubs (PCYC) Young Offender program on re-offending.“ (-BOCSAR)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2016
Wars and persecution have driven more people from their homes than at any time since UNHCR records began.
One in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.
Measuring Crime
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016
Reports of sexual assault have reached a six-year high on the back of a three per cent rise since last year, according to figures in this latest ABS report.
Mental Health
Margaret A. Wilson QC, Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry, 2016
This report “addresses matters relating to the decision to close the Barrett Adolescent Centre and systemic issues affecting patients.” ( -BARCCI)
The Adelaide Primary Health Network has announced 11 providers for the metropolitan region as part of their commissioning of Primary Mental Health services.
There are two large regional providers:
  • Northern Health Network (NHN) in the North Western Region
  • Links to Wellbeing (a consortium of Neami National, Uniting Care Wesley Bowden, Mind Australia and Mental Illness Fellowship SA) in the Central-Southern Region
There are 9 other specialist providers whose details can also be found on this map.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing to inquire into the response of Catholic Church authorities in the Maitland-Newcastle region to allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy and religious. The public hearing will commence on 29 August 2016 in Newcastle. Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by 8 August 2016.
The Royal Commission has published 55 submissions received from service providers, peak bodies, advocacy groups, statutory bodies, government agencies and academics in response to its consultation paper on out-of-home care.
“Private sessions allow survivors of child sexual abuse in an institution to meet with a Commissioner and tell their story in a private setting. Royal Commission Chief Executive Officer, Philip Reed, said it was important for those who may be interested in attending a private session to register before the deadline, to avoid missing out.” (-RCIRCSA)
The public hearing will commence on 12 September 2016 in Sydney at the Royal Commission’s hearing rooms in Sydney. … Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by 4 August 2016.
The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Newcastle, commencing Tuesday 2 August 2016.
New Publications in the VSS Resource Centre
Domestic Violence and Protecting Children: New Thinking and Approaches [Book]
Stanley, Nicky, 2015. Cp27
This book brings together established ideas with recent research and thinking to provide an authoritative summary of current domestic violence and child protection practice.  It provides valuable guidance on how to work safely with children living with, or after, domestic violence.  More details here
Arden, John, 2015. Tr104
This is a practical workbook that provides the reader with a clear understanding of the underlying causes of their anxiety, the triggers, and gives practical solutions for healing.  It guides understanding using easy-to-complete exercises, worksheets and reflective questions. Relearn calmness and change the way you feel. More details here
You can borrow these books by joining the VSS Resource Centre. Read more information here
This program supports Building Safer Communities for Women projects to undertake action research. This includes support to design, implement and share findings of action research. Such research will contribute to the growing evidence base about what works in creating safe communities for women and their children in Australia.
SEARCH is Australia’s largest long-term study of the health and wellbeing of urban Aboriginal children. The website also provides access to published research from the study.
The Sax Institute
In the Media (unless otherwise indicated all are ABC reports)
Mark Colvin, Natalie Whiting, PM News and Current Affairs, 2016
ABC PM Transcript
A public memorial service to remember those who have died whilst experiencing homelessness.
5 August, 2016. Elder Park, Adelaide, SA.
Pathways to Protection and Permanency: Getting it Right for Children, Young People and Families: ACWA 2016 Conference
15-17 August, 2016. Sydney, NSW.
Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies
19th Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress: Public issues, Private trauma
A world class forum on traumatic stress, which explores issues such as childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, refugee and asylum seeker trauma, and the moral conflicts facing military personnel. More information here
8-10 September 2016. Gold Coast, QLD.
Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and Phoenix Australia
2016 Global Indigenous Women's Conference
12-14 September, 2016. Glenelg, SA.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance 
Prevalent and Preventable: Practice And Policy In The Prevention Of Violence Against Women And Children:
The AWAVA/ Our Watch International Conference On Violence Against Women
Marai Larasi and Prof Rashida Manjoo will be the keynote speakers.
19-22 September, 2016. Adelaide, SA
AWAVA/Our Watch
Presents case studies and strategies for not for profit agencies to increase their scalability and capacity to  deliver frontline services.
27-29 September, 2016. Melbourne, Vic.
Akolade Events
Crime Prevention and Communities Conference: Innovative responses to traditional challenges
This important conference will present best practice in policy, evaluation and research. It will feature speakers on a range of crime prevention projects and programs. More information here.
3-4 November 2016. Brisbane, QLD.
Australian Institute of Criminology and the Queensland Police Service
The Poverty to Prison Pipeline: Has the Adversarial System Passed its Use-by Date?
Free Public Lecture. Speaker: Mr Rob Hulls.
More details and register here.
8 August 2016. Flinders University, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA.
Centre for Crime Policy and Research, Centre for Innovative Justice
“Who’s in charge?”
An 8 week course for parents feeling overwhelmed, intimidated or overpowered by defiant behaviours or violence and abuse inflicted upon them by their child (8-18 years old).
To register or for details, please contact Nicole Rawson at the City of Port Adelaide/Enfield on 8405 6867 (email  ) or Kay at Centacare Hindmarsh 8210 8200.
8 August 2016 onwards. Enfield, SA.
Reconnect Port Adelaide/Enfield and Centacare
Compassion Fatigue, Resiliency at Work & Recovery For Professionals
Presented by Dr Anna B. Baranowsky (Traumatologist). This is a brief resiliency program for professionals.
10 August 2016. Adelaide, SA.
TATRA Corporate and Allied Health Training Services
This one day interactive training workshop provides the information and skills needed by workers in service settings, to assist people seeking help for their often trauma-related daily difficulties
15 August 2016. Adelaide, SA.
Blue Knot Foundation
Power Knowledge Freedom Workshops
For women experiencing domestic violence. The program aims to equip women with the knowledge and services to become economically independent and to live a life violence free. The workshop will cover saving, budgeting, superannuation, Centrelink, child support, banking and advice on how to re-enter the workforce.
10 August 2016. Adelaide, SA. Also various other dates and locations in SA to be advised.
For more information or to book contact Kylie O’Callaghan on 08 8152 0021.
PKF Kennedy in association with the Zahra Foundation Australia and Beyond Bank
Health Professionals Workshop: Working with adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse – the SAMSN approach
This workshop is designed to assist clinicians and other professionals working with adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Cost $295. Earlybird registration (fully paid by 19 July) $255.
Tuesday 6 September 2016. Adelaide, SA.
Victim Support Service Inc. in partnership with the Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN)

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