Dear Friends of VSS

Welcome to Crime Victim enews for August/September 2017.


Have you heard about the work being done by the new SA initiative Spirit of Woman?

Australia does not have a national memorial to honour the women and children who have suffered and died from Domestic and Family Violence.  Spirit of Woman, (an organisation established by Helen Oxenham, a founder of one of South Australia’s first Domestic Violence shelters), wants to change this.  Spirit of Woman is seeking community input on a dedicated space in South Australia to honour and acknowledge the pain and suffering caused by Domestic and Family Violence. This space will be a focal point for remembrance as well as a place for the community to come together to celebrate collective courage, healing, unity and harmony and share their hopes for a future Australia, free from violence.

Spirit of Woman in partnership with Relationships Australia (SA) are conducting a community survey regarding the establishment of a memorial.  It takes about 5 minutes to complete the online survey Additional support can also be provided by signing and sharing the Spirit of Woman online petition  

Victim Support Service strongly support the need for a memorial in South Australia and encourage you to participate in the survey and sign the petition.

Victim Support Service provide information, counselling, legal advice about Intervention Orders, and practical support to people recovering from the impact of family and domestic abuse.  Please contact us if we can be of assistance on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842846).

Kind regards,

Jodie Sloan
Acting Chief Executive
Victim Support Service

Kind regards,
Jodie Sloan
Acting Chief Executive
Victim Support Service


Bringing Them Home 20 years on: an action plan for healing
Patricia Anderson, Edward Tilton, Healing Foundation, 2017
“This is a report for everyone, and outlines as a whole how we can actively support healing for Stolen Generations and their descendants. There needs to be commitment to making change. We all have a responsibility to do this together.”
(-Healing Foundation)

Improving cultural understanding and engagement with people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities [Webinar]
Craig Rigney (CEO Kornar Winmil Yunti), 1800RESPECT, 2017
This webinar explores the complexities of domestic and Aboriginal family violence, provides insights into greater Aboriginal cultural competency and community engagement, and shares best practice approaches to recognising and responding for frontline workers across all sectors.

Indigenous incarceration: unlock the facts
PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2017
We need a comprehensive, co-ordinated and holistic approach, which involves leadership and partnership from the Federal, state and territory governments to shift more investment into preventative and early intervention approaches.” (-PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Change the Record Coalition, Human Rights Law Centre, 2017
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women make up around 34 per cent of the female prison population but only 2 per cent of the adult female population. This report calls for system-wide change and outlines 18 recommendations to redress racialized and gendered justice system outcomes.

Stronger safer together
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, 2017
This publication is intended as a reflective practice resource and toolkit for services providing support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.


Child Protection (see also Royal Commission)

Age of consent laws
Child Family Community Australia, 2017.
Information for practitioners and researchers on age of consent legislation in Australia.

Child Family Community Australia, 2017.
A snapshot of child protection activity in Australia during 2015-16
Joanne Commerford, Child Family Community Australia, 2017.
A recent review suggests that early parenting interventions improve parental responsiveness and prevent infant sleep problems.
Cathy Humphreys and Monica Campo, Child Family Community Australia, 2017.
An exploration of strategies to engage and address issues for family members who are continuing to live with domestic violence.

Multiagency Investigation and Support Team (MIST) pilot: evaluation report
Leah Bromfield, James Leslie Herbert, Australian Centre of Child Protection, UniSA, 2017
This report summarises the findings of the evaluation of the Multiagency Investigation and Support Team, a Western Australia pilot project providing a cross-agency response to severe child abuse cases.


Crime and Justice

Change The Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities (2017)
Australian Human Rights Commission, 2017

The report of a national, independent survey of university students into the nature, prevalence and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.

Crime Statistics Australia [website]
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2017
This new website provides an interactive gateway to Australian crime and justice research.

Elder abuse - a national legal response: final report
Australian Law Reform Commission, 2017
This report considers how Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks could better protect older persons from misuse or abuse, and safeguard their autonomy. It includes 43 recommendations for law reform .

Homicide in Australia 2012–13 to 2013–14: National Homicide Monitoring Program report
Willow Bryant, Samantha Bricknell, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2017

Police diversion for cannabis offences: assessing outcomes and cost-effectiveness
Marian Shanahan, Caitlin Hughes, Tim McSweeney, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2017

Recent trends in arrests for drug driving
Stephanie Ramsey, Jackie Fitzgerald, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2017

Targeting scams: report of the ACCC on scam activity 2016
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, 2017

The role of procedural justice in how young adult stimulant users perceive police and policing
Ellen Leslie [and 4 others], Australian Institute of Criminology, 2017

Tougher national parole laws won’t end the violence
Rick Sarre, Lorana Bartels, The Conversation, 2017
“If we are serious about community engagement as a valuable tool in preventing radicalisation, we must acknowledge the limitations of long prison sentences.” (-The Conversation)

Youth justice in Victoria
Caitlin Grover, Parliamentary Library and Information Service (Vic), 2017
“This paper provides an overview of the changing nature of youth offenders and youth offending and the pressures that these have placed on the youth justice system...” (-C. Grover)

Domestic Violence

View the latest ANROWS research on domestic violence

The Collaborative Practice Framework for Child Protection and specialist domestic and family violence services: The PATRICIA project: Key findings and future directions (Compass, Issue 03, 2017)
ANROWS, June 2017
PAThways and Research In Collaborative Inter-Agency practice (the PATRICIA Project) focused on the collaborative relationship between specialist community-based domestic and family violence support services for women and their children, and statutory child protection organisations.
1800RESPECT, 2017
These are downloadable online tools designed to help women reach and establish safety. There is also a downloadable 1800RESPECT Frontline Workers Toolkit
Key findings and future directions (Compass, Issue 04, 2017)
ANROWS, June 2017
This project examined the impact of inter-parental conflict and domestic and family violence on parenting and parent–child relationships across a diverse group of Australians.
Crime Statistics Agency (Vic), 2017
This portal uses information from the Victorian Family Violence Database. Resources available include  dashboards containing visualisations of key measures of family violence, Excel data tables with key measures available to download, and explanatory materials and definitions.
Forced marriage [Website]
Australia. Attorney-General’s Department, 2017
This website provides information on what constitutes the crime of forced marriage, signs that someone may be in danger, and a downloadable Forced marriage community information pack.

Lookout [Website]
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, 2017
This website for workers responding to family violence, has been redeveloped. It also contains a valuable resource on self-care for family violence workers.

View all recent news from the Royal Commission here

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts
Patricia Anderson [and 10 others] FOR The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2017
A strong connection to culture can help protect these children from sexual abuse in institutions.

Assessing the different dimensions and degrees of risk of child sexual abuse in institutions
Patrick Parkinson, Judy Cashmore FOR The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2017
This research report identifies four dimensions of risk of child sexual abuse in institutional settings.

Criminal Justice Report
In this report The Royal Commission make 85 major recommendations aimed at reforming the Australian criminal justice system in order to provide a fairer response to victims of institutional child sexual abuse.

Empirical Guidance on the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Memory and Complainant’s Evidence
Jane Goodman-Delahunty [and 2 others] FOR The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2017
This report outlines research findings that “common sense” beliefs about memory, frequently held by police, lawyers, judges, juries and laypeople, did not correspond with scientific knowledge about memory.

Aron Shlonsky [and 5 others] FOR The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2017

This review looks at current best evidence for treating children with problem or harmful sexual behaviours and children who have sexually offended. It recommends they have access to effective therapeutic services.

This report examined 3 specific cases. It also looks at current systems, policies, procedures and practices for preventing, receiving, investigating and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse within institutions providing services to children with disability, including the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework.


Victims of crime

Outcome evaluation of NSW’s Safer Pathway Program: victims’ experiences
Lily Trimboli, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2017
The primary aim was to see whether the Safer Pathway program is more effective in reducing domestic violence related offences (e.g. physical assault, threats of physical assault, intimidation) than the conventional response to such offences.

Kelsey Hegarty [and 7 others], Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2017
Although mental health and sexual violence services often see the same women, there is often a lack of communication and cross-referrals between services. The ‘With Study’ considers how to promote a trauma-informed organisational model of care, responsive to women and practitioners, and embed it into the complex system of mental health and sexual violence services.


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 victims get legal help via SA project
In a South Australian first, a major hospital and the Legal Services Commission are working together to help women access vital legal advice to escape domestic violence.
ABC News, 13 August 2017

The words left unsaid about the disappearance of Tanja Ebert
INDAILY, 25 August 2017

Court system is unfair and traumatic for child sexual abuse victims
The Guardian, 2 August 2017 

State government closes the door on suffering abuse victims
InDaily 26 July 2017 - Opinion

Very few victims have received more than $50k compensation since maximum went up in 2015
Advertiser, 27 July 2017



Day for Daniel
This is Australia's largest child safety awareness and education day, with events around Australia.
27 October 2017
Daniel Morcombe Foundation



National Victims of Crime Conference 2017: Victims’ Voices - Reform, Innovation and Action
The Conference will explore effective ways to give victims and survivors a voice in addressing their diverse needs and how their experiences are influencing and reforming services and policy responses.
6 September 2017. Brisbane, QLD
Griffith Criminology Institute

Australian Social Policy Conference
Australia’s pre-eminent multidisciplinary conference concerned with issues of social policy such as poverty, welfare and social inequality.
25–27 September 2017. Sydney, NSW
University of New South Wales

This is Australia’s largest event focused on how to attract, manage, train and retain the best people for the NFP sector. Over 2 days and 29 inspiring sessions, join senior leaders, HR professionals and board members, volunteer managers and CEOs to explore the NFP sector’s most pressing people issues.
13-14 November, 2017. Melbourne, Vic.

30th annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference

Celebrating 50 years of ANZSOC, the 2017 conference theme is ‘Acknowledging the past, imagining the future.’
5–8 December 2017.  Canberra, A.C.T.
Australian Institute of Criminology, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.


Presented by Patrick McGrath, PhD. This workshop will go beyond the theoretical background for Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and will focus on the actual practice. With multiple case examples, role plays, and exercises, participants will get a firsthand experience of what it is like to do ERP with clients. Cost $355
6 September 2017. Next Generation Memorial Drive, Adelaide, SA.
Tatra Training
SAMSN Service Providers' Workshop - Working with adult male survivors of child sexual abuse - The SAMSN approach
This workshop is designed for professionals working with adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. 
26 September, 2017. Mount Gambier, SA.
SAMSN (Survivors & Mates Support Network)
Builds awareness around the possibility of trauma affecting the people you support and work with, and provides the knowledge and skills to minimise re-traumatisation and enhance possibilities for recovery.
20 October 2017. Adelaide, SA
Blue Knot Foundation
In this master class, Terry Fralich will go beyond general concepts of mindfulness and explore, in an accessible, step-by-step way how you can more effectively bring mindfulness skills into your work so that your clients actually become mindfulness practitioners. Cost $355.
25 October 2017. Next Generation Memorial Drive, Adelaide, SA.
Tatra Training

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