Dear Friends of VSS

Welcome to Crime Victim enews for January/February 2018.

I am delighted to take on the role of Chief Executive at Victim Support Service. I have worked in varied non-government organisation (NGO) executive management roles for the past thirty years, most recently on a 12-month assignment as Director Planning and Development with a major NGO in Cambodia. Prior to this appointment, for almost fourteen years, I was Chief Executive of Catherine House Inc. in Adelaide. Before this role, I worked for seven years with an organisation delivering employee assistance programs to staff and management in government agencies and corporate entities. I am a social worker by profession with knowledge and experience in counselling, training, consultancy, as well as coaching and mentoring. Since my role with VSS commenced on 5 February 2018, I have been busy getting to understand more about the work of the organisation, particularly through meetings with staff and other stakeholders. I look forward to opportunities to meet, and interact with, our dedicated VSS supporters.

Kind regards,

Madge McGuire
Chief Executive
Victim Support Service


Victim Support Service -  News

SAMSN - Survivors & Mates Support Network 

Eight-week facilitated support group for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse

SAMSN runs groups for men who were sexually assaulted as young boys or adolescents. The groups run for eight weeks and are held on weeknights from 6pm to 8pm. Any male who was sexually assaulted during his childhood can contact SAMSN about joining one of our groups, and there is no cost to attend.

SAMSN’s groups are conducted within a safe peer-support environment and are facilitated by two experienced professionals. To help create a safe environment for recovery, clear rules and guidelines for the group ensure appropriate conduct and confidentiality.

All men who have registered their interest to attend are required to undergo a detailed telephone assessment with one of the group facilitators.

As acceptance is an important feature of our joint recovery, the groups are open to men from different cultural and religious backgrounds and sexual orientation who are over the age of 18 years old.

For further information please visit the SAMSN website here


Towards an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander violence prevention framework for men and boys
Barton, ACT: Healing Foundation, & White Ribbon Foundation, 2017 
Crucially, any strategy must be adequately resourced; implemented in a safe, accessible place; prioritise safety for women, children and men; and be supported by trauma informed therapeutic services and programs.” (-WRF)

Wiyi Yani U Thangani | Women's voices. [Website]
Australian Human Rights Commission, 2017.
This website was established by June Oscar, the first Aboriginal woman appointed as  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. The website aims to incorporate the voices of indigenous Australian women concerning their human rights. 


Child Protection (see also Royal Commission)

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: final report
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2017
The Royal Commission’s final report to the Governor-General, the culmination of a five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters.

Child sexual abuse in institutional contexts: The reliability of police data, nature of allegations reported to police, and factors driving reporting rates
Parkinson, S. [et al.], Australian Centre for Child Protection, for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2017.

Developments to strengthen systems for child protection across Australia
Sarah Wise, Child Family Community Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2017
This paper outlines changes within Australian child protection systems, since July 2010, in particular, community service systems, Aboriginal service organisations, Aboriginal service practices and Aboriginal workforce capacity.


Crime and Justice

A team effort: Preventing violence against women through sport. Evidence guide
Liston, R., [et al.], RMIT University, 2017

“On and off the field, sport has great potential to influence social change and prevent violence against women by creating inclusive, equitable, healthy and safe environments for men and women, boys and girls.” (-RMIT)

Expert panel on terrorism and violent extremism prevention and response powers - report 2
Ken Lay and David Harper, Government of Victoria, 2017
This report examined the full spectrum of policies and programs intended to address emerging risks of violent extremism, or to respond rapidly to risks after they have eventuated.

National alcohol strategy 2018-2026: consultation draft
Department of Health (Australia), 2017
This draft strategy continues the long-standing national commitment to tackling risky alcohol use and related harm in the community, through a combination of law enforcement, prevention, early intervention and health care strategies.

A Sentencing Guidelines Council for Victoria: issues paper
Paul McGorrery, Helen Rechter and Donald Ritchie, Sentencing Advisory Council (Vic), 2017
The Sentencing Advisory Council has released this issues paper and an online survey, seeking stakeholder and community views on creating a Sentencing Guidelines Council in Victoria.

Serious financial crime in Australia, 2017
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, 2017
“Informs government, the wider intelligence community and members of the general public, of the threats posed by financial crime in Australia and … how to mitigate the risks.” (-ACIC)

Swift, certain and fair approaches to sentencing family violence offenders: Report.
Sentencing Advisory Council (Vic), 2017

The cost of corruption: the growing perception of corruption and its cost to GDP
Hannah Aulby and Rod Campbell, The Australia Institute, 2018
“Australia has fallen 6 positions on the international Corruption Perception Index since 2012, and recent polling shows 85% of Australians think there is corruption in federal politics.” (-TAI)


Domestic Violence

View the latest ANROWS research on domestic violence here

Achieving women’s equality: South Australia’s Women’s Policy: Report on the Status of Women in South Australia
Office for Women, 2017
This biennial report under Achieving Women’s Equality describes the current status of women in South Australia, and initiatives in South Australian government departments.

A better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence: report
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, 2017
This report provides a vision for a new family law system that is accessible, equitable and responsive and prioritises the safety of those affected by family violence.

Domestic and family violence protection orders in Australia: An investigation of information sharing and enforcement: Key findings and future directions
(ANROWS Compass, Issue 07-2017).
Taylor, A. [et al.], ANROWS, 2017
Looks at the implementation of the new National Domestic Violence Order Scheme.

Family violence and the LGBTIQ community
Cochrane, B. , Monash University Gender and Family Violence, 2017
“This research brief examines family violence experiences within the LGBTIQ community, with a focus on the Australian context.” (-Cochrane,B.)

Investigating adolescent family violence: Background, research and directions: Context report
Melbourne, VIC: Elliott, K. [et al.], Monash University, 2017
“Families seeking support do not obtain the assistance they require from professionals, and many report that they are ignored when they seek help, or are blamed…” (-Elliott, K. et al.)

National domestic and family violence bench book (2nd ed.)
Melbourne: Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, 2017
“The purpose of this bench book is to provide a central resource for judicial officers considering legal issues relevant to domestic and family violence related cases” (-AIJA)

Personal Safety Survey update
ANROWS, 2017
This ANROWS fact sheet is based on key data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics from its Personal Safety Survey 2016.

Risks of Women Leaving Violent Relationships: Changing the “Why didn’t she leave?” question
Melbourne, VIC: Gender and Family Violence. Monash University, 2017
Women’s safety is impacted by protection orders being unavailable at short notice, delayed arrests, and the absence of the perpetrator at the time of intervention” (Hageman-White et al. 2015).

Safer families [Website]
Safer families: Centre of Research Excellence, 2017
“We aim to make families safer by generating evidence-informed knowledge to assist services to identify domestic and family violence early and tailor effective responses.” (-CRE)

Taking the First Step: Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence Report
UN Women National Committee Australia, 2017
“This report showcases innovative approaches developed by Australian employers across industry and the public sector…” (-UNWNCA)

To enhance the police response to LGBTI domestic violence
Ben Bjarnesen, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia, 2017
This report outlines the variety of techniques and strategies used by police services and support agencies to address domestic violence in LGBTI communities, internationally.

What's OK at home? 
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
Recently developed by Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria to assist young people experiencing family violence, this resource provides information, advice and support. 

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

View all recent news from the Royal Commission at

Final report of the Royal Commission 
In December 2017 the Royal Commission presented its final report to the Governor-General, detailing the culmination of their five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters.

Message to Australia
The book “Message to Australia” is a collation of personal messages written by those who shared their story to the Royal Commission in a private session. The book tells of survivors’ experiences and their hopes for creating a safer environment for children in the future.


Victims of crime

Links between alcohol consumption and domestic and sexual violence against women: Key findings and future directions
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research and ANROWS, 2017
This policy paper provides an overview of relevant research and provides key messages for policy and practice.

The silence breakers
Stephanie Zacharek, Elian Dockterman, Haley Sweetland Edwards, TIME Magazine, 18/12/2017

For TIME person of the year 2017, TIME magazine chose not one, but a group of people– the ‘Silence Breakers’. This group of women including Hollywood movie stars spoke out against sexual assault and harassment in the American film industry.

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

Undeniable: The advocates and agitators who fought for justice
ABC News Report, 12 December 2017
This news article highlights the courageous Australians who took on powerful institutions to help expose a national shame - through the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Royal Commission final hearing
ABC News Report, 14 December 2017
This ABC article includes a brief video of the final hearing.

Rural domestic violence workers at risk in small communities
ABC Radio, Country Hour, 2017

After the Royal Commission, will churches and governments do the right thing?
InDaily, 20 December 2017

Don't exclude sex offenders from child abuse compensation: Law Society
InDaily, 25 January 2018


The Annual Apology Day Community Event - 10th Anniversary Commemorative event
The only event targeted exclusively towards healing for the Stolen Generations, this year’s theme will be ‘Our Healing Journey Continues”.  Enquiries via email to  or phone (08) 8344 6054
Tuesday February 13, 2018. 10am to 2pm. Veale Gardens, Adelaide, SA.
Uniting Communities

International Women’s Day Luncheon. 2018 theme: “Is social media killing girlhood?”
Register here Enquiries to
Thursday 8 March, 2018. Adelaide Convention Centre.
International Women’s Day Committee SA



Communities in Control Conference
Conference theme: Activating community leadership to combat inequality
28 May, 2018.  Melbourne, Vic.
Our Community

2018 Crime Prevention and Communities conference
The conference theme is ‘Translating evidence into practice’ focusing on best practice, policy, evaluation and research.
7–8 June, 2018. Melbourne, Vic.
Australian Institute of Criminology and the Victorian Department of Justice

Australian Institute of Family Studies 2018 Conference
Conference theme “What matters most to families in the 21st century?” Can we imagine a future where “what matters most to families” drives the work of researchers, policy makers, and service providers?
25 July, 2018. Melbourne, Vic.
Australian Institute of Family Studies



The Mental Health Service 2018 Summer Forum: Trauma Matters
The Summer Forum explores how mental health services can recognise and respond to trauma and shows the way forward with trauma-informed care and effective, evidence-based responses that promote healing and recovery.
22 February, 2018. Sydney, NSW.
TheMHS Learning Network

WEBINAR: The Relationship between Gender and Coercive Control in the Context of Domestic and Family Violence
This presentation explores the relationship between gender and the expression of coercive control in the context of domestic and family violence in Australia. Register here 
27th February, 2018. 10-11am (QLD time). Online - join via your computer!

Blue Knot Foundation – professional training
Training Calendar with full schedule of dates and venues here
9 March, 2018. Adelaide, SA. - Managing Vicarious Trauma 
6 April, 2018. Adelaide, SA. - Introduction to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Level 1)
31 May, 2018. Adelaide, SA. - Masterclass: Working with Psychosis and Trauma
Blue Knot Foundation

Mindfulness and Resilience: Best Mindfulness Based Techniques to Bounce Back From Stress, Snap Back To Baseline & Grow With Change
It is irrefutable that Mindfulness breeds resilience. Dr Pavel Somov presents this highly experiential and practical workshop with 10 lessons for developing resilience. 
21 March 2018. Adelaide, SA.
TATRA Training

DV-Alert (Domestic and Family Violence Response Training) training sessions in South Australia
DV-Alert is holding training sessions across Australia on responding to domestic violence, including responding to violence in culturally and linguistically diverse communities, workshops for settlement services, and sessions for health and community workers supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
10-11 April, 2018. General Workshop at Aldgate, SA. 
Also in 2018 at various other dates and places.

1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846)

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