Dear friends of VSS
Welcome to the July edition of Crime Victim e-news.
By the time you read this July edition of Crime Victim e-news, we should know who our Commonwealth Government will be for the next 3 years – assuming we don’t have a hung parliament!
One of the grey areas throughout the election campaign has been the lack of certainty surrounding funding for housing and homelessness strategies amongst the major parties. Recently Anglicare called on all parties to outline their plans to develop an effective affordable housing strategy and reduce homelessness so that voters who were particularly concerned by this issue could make an informed decision at the ballot-box.
Of most concern is that the 2016 Federal Budget did not identify funding for the current National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) beyond 30 June 2017, the agreement’s current term.
Our National Award winning program, ‘Staying Home Staying Safe’, has been funded since 2011 through NPAH. The program aims to reduce the risk of homelessness for women (and their children) that have been affected by domestic or family violence by providing comprehensive risk assessment, safety planning, safety packs, mobile phones, home security audits and home security upgrades to eligible clients. It has been so effective that funding for the program will be doubled from July 2016 as part of the Turnbull government’s “Keeping Women Safe in their Homes’ strategy.
Ironically, this new funding is for two years to June 2018. But the program will effectively be back to square one if the NPAH funding ends in June 2017. This is clearly nonsensical and demonstrates the gap that often seems to exist between Treasury and other government departments.
Family and domestic violence is the biggest cause of homelessness amongst women and children in Australia. We need a sustainable, long term funding commitment to tackling homelessness from all political parties if we are going to provide the support that women and children need either to remain in the family home or find alternative safe accommodation.
Kind regards
Julian Roffe
Chief Executive
VSS Update
Read the latest Victims Voice newsletter for June 2016 here
VSS is establishing MySafePlace for children aged from five years who have experienced family and domestic abuse. For more information and to make a donation, click here.
Eight-week facilitated support group for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Commencing Adelaide Tuesday 26 July 2016. Places are limited.  More information can be found here
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)

Aboriginal Issues
Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, 2016
Discusses how an action plan to respond to vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families will be developed.
Andrea MacRae, Joanne Hoareau, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, 2016
This resource examines the latest available data on illicit drug use within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Child Protection – see also Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Sara McLean, Child Family Community Australia, 2016
This CFCA Practitioner Resource provides an overview of cognitive development in children who have experienced trauma, and principles to support effective practice responses.
Child Family Community Australia and Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2016
Outlines the different approaches used to assess whether children are at risk of maltreatment and explores some of the issues and criticisms surrounding the use of standardised risk assessment instruments in child protection.
Australian Child Rights Taskforce, UNICEF, National Children's and Youth Law Centre, 2016
Examines Australia's performance in meeting its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Victorian Auditor-General's Office, 2016
This report provides information about improvements that the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has made in line with recommendations made in the 2014 audit report Residential Care Services for Children.
Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People (SA), 2016
Looks at how children and young people in care are faring in the state school system.
Crime Prevention
Michelle R. Tuckey [and 6 others], Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety, Safework SA, 2016
This report focuses on understanding the organisational risk factors that contribute to workplace bullying and how organisations can manage these risk areas.

Domestic Violence - see also under Aboriginal issues
Predictors of recidivism amongst police recorded family violence perpetrators: briefing paper
Melanie Millsteed, Sarah Coghlan, Crime Statistics Agency, 2016
“This study sought to analyse the relationship between repeat family incidents, and factors that may predict such incidents including alleged perpetrator characteristics and L17 risk factors recorded by police.”  (-CSA)
M. Stathopoulos, M. & R. Jenkinson, Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2016
Findings from this report also informed the development of practice guidelines to assist service providers with the identification, assessment, response and referral of individuals and families affected by co-occurring sexual abuse victimisation and substance use issues. 
G. Sutherland [and 6 others], Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2016
This project aimed to establish the extent and nature of reporting of violence against women by the Australian media to inform future strategies for change.
J. Breckenridge [and 3 others], Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2016
This research project provides a national mapping and meta-evaluation of the key features of “safe at home” programs.
Murdolo, A., & R. Quiazon, White Ribbon Australia, 2016
Although the report identifies promising and culturally appropriate practices and approaches, it is important
to note that there is an extremely limited evidence base to draw from…” (-White Ribbon Australia)

Family violence assessment and intervention guideline: child abuse and intimate partner violence
New Zealand Ministry of Health, 2016
“The guideline presents a six step model for identifying and responding to family violence within NZ health care settings.” (-NZMOH)
Disability related issues
M. Edwards [and 6 others], Joint Investigatory Family and Community Development Committee (Vic), 2016
Final report from the Victorian Parliament's Family and Community Development Committee into abuse within the disability services sector.
Linda Steele, Leanne Dowse, Julian Trofimovs IN Sydney Law Review, 9 June 2016
Provides a new basis for questioning the coercion of people with disability through the criminal justice intervention of diversion.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2016
Latest data indicate that “1 in 200 Australians seek treatment for alcohol and other drugs” (-AIHW)
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2016
“Pain killer and antipsychotic medication use are high among prisoners—particularly females.” (-AIHW)

Elder abuse
Australian Law Reform Commission, 2016
This is the first consultation document in the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry process to better safeguard and protect older persons from misuse or abuse. Submissions close 18 August 2016.
Victoria's Sentencing Advisory Council, 2016
This is a comprehensive report on sentencing guidance in Victoria. “A key recommendation is the repeal of the baseline sentencing regime, based on the Council’s view that baseline sentencing is inoperably flawed.” (-VSAC)
Tom Gotsis, NSW Parliamentary Research Service, 2016
“This paper sets out the recent history of firearms offences, including the origins of the Firearms Act 1996 in the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre.” (-NSWPRS)
Judy Trevena, Suzanne Poynton, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2016
Finds that prison is no more effective in deterring domestic violence offenders than a suspended sentence.
Measuring crime
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2016
“In the 24 months to March 2016, two of the 17 major offences showed a significant upward trend across NSW, seven were trending downward and the remaining eight offences were stable.” (-BOCSAR)
Mental health
Victoria Police, 2016
The 90-page review calls for change in the culture of Victoria Police to eradicate the stigma attached to mental illness and help seeking. It also highlights a need for greater access to mental health literacy and support services for Victoria Police employees.
Frank Quinlan, Child Family Community Australia, 2016
This webinar examined current Commonwealth reform processes, and the implications for other service sectors.
Services for victims
Victim Support UK and National Association of People Abused in Childhood, 2016
This project was co-created by a small group of adult survivors of child sexual abuse who worked in partnership with the project facilitators. Publications on the website include: a review of evidence which identified good practice in supporting adult survivors of child sexual abuse and an evaluation of the experiences of the consultants and the project facilitators during the co- creation process.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Read more about the Royal Commission’s work here
The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Monday 11 July 2016 at 10.00am AEST.
New Publications in the VSS Resource Centre
Green, Wendy, 2010.
This title helps you: learn how to replace negative thoughts and behaviour with positive ones; learn assertiveness skills and boost your self-esteem; and discover ways to become more active to reduce stress and anxiety.
This eBook requires a login to access it. 
Surviving domestic violence: a guide to healing your soul and building your future. [BOOK]
Wozniak, Danielle, 2013.
Backed by 30 years of real-world practice, this comprehensive guide will help victims of domestic violence find the path to not just survival, but also healing, change, and the future you've always wanted.
These items are for loan from the VSS Resource Centre. Read more information here
WESNET is the national peak body for Australian Domestic and Family Violence Services. Our members include women’s refuges, shelters, safe houses and information/ referral services. Recently WESNET has undertaken a project to improve smartphone safety for women.
In the Media (unless otherwise indicated all are ABC reports)
Challenging the Mental Illness-Violence Nexus
This conference will explore all aspects of the relationship between mental illness and violence, with emphasis on challenges, controversies, and complexities.  More information here
13-14 July 2016. Brisbane, QLD. 
Griffith University
Inaugural SWAPv conference: Enhancing child and adolescent well-being and preventing violence in school and early childhood settings
More information here
For conference enquiries, contact Marja van Breda: email
13-15 July 2016. Flinders University, SA.
Student Well-being and Prevention of Violence Research Centre, Flinders Educational Futures Research Institute, and others.
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, the theme 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 
For details contact Catherine at or phone: 0437959504
Register here
15-16 September, 2016. Adelaide, SA.
Kornar Winmil Yunti
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
Crime Prevention and Communities Conference: Innovative responses to traditional challenges
This conference will focus on best practice in policy, evaluation and research in crime prevention projects and programs. More information here 
3-4 November 2016. Brisbane, QLD.
Australian Institute of Criminology and the Queensland Police Service

Yoga, Breath and Mindfulness
Presented by Naomi Martin and Sue Hetzel. Learn how to use yoga, breath and mindfulness strategies to reduce the impact of anxiety and stress in your life. COST: $60 (Concession $50)
Register online here
For further information contact Naomi on 0400 623 322 or Sue on 0423 297 928
9 July 2016 Workshop 1. Adelaide, SA. 
13 August 2016. Workshop 2. Adelaide, SA.
Space for Healing
How do we turn commitment to family safety into effective and efficient practice? Join us for an engaging forum to explore the implementation of systems to strengthen family safety in family law.
Cost: $70 (full) or $55 (concession) + booking fees
Register here
18 July 2016. UniSA City West Campus, Adelaide, SA.
Relationships Australia (SA)
The systematic impact of the methamphetamine epidemic
Full-day seminar examining the impact of methamphetamine (ice) in South Australian communities.
Cost $100 (members of ANZAPPL), $140 (non-members), $80 (half-day/fulltime student)
To book: email ANZAPPL secretary Jessica Nicholson or phone 82634011
30 July 2016. Outer Harbor, SA.
The Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology & Law S.A. Inc.
“Who’s in charge?”
A 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 or email
August 2016. Adelaide, SA.
Reconnect Port Adelaide/Enfield and Centacare
Suicide Prevention Workshop
This free program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them. Open to those aged over 18 years. Register here
10 August 2016. Port Adelaide, SA.
Wesley LifeForce
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
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
A one day interactive workshop providing information and skills for support workers who assist people seeking help for their often trauma-related daily difficulties
15 August 2016. Adelaide, SA.
Blue Knot Foundation
Supporting resilient workers: addressing vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout.
This full day workshop provides information, skills development and reflection exploring vicarious trauma and resilience for workers in helping roles. To book contact Fiona Meade on 0452040997 or email
23 August 2016. Nuriootpa, SA.
Fiona Meade Counselling & Group Work
Presented by Sharon Freeman Clevenger. An intensive workshop to provide support workers with the  knowledge and skills to accurately identify and support personality disordered clients. 
8 September 2016. Adelaide, SA.
TATRA Corporate and Allied Health Training Services
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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