Dear Friends of VSS

Welcome to Crime Victim enews for July/August 2018.


Victim Support Service -  News

SAMSN (Survivors and Mates Support Network)

A SAMSN Group will meet weekly at Victim Support Service, 33 Franklin Street, Adelaide from
25 September-13 November 2018.
For further information please visit the SAMSN website here


Aboriginal cultural rights in youth justice centres
Commission for Children and Young People (Vic), 2018.
This report found that Aboriginal communities want to see significant improvement in the frequency, quality and evaluation of programs to protect and promote Aboriginal cultural rights, and calls on the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation to develop a social and emotional well-being strategy for Koori children in custody.
L. Geia [and 4 others] IN Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2018
This study reports the findings of a systematic review of the published literature evaluating the impact of substance use programs on Australian Indigenous youth.
Our Watch, 2018
In Australia, Indigenous women are more than three times more likely to experience violence than non-Indigenous women. This national report sets out clear actions to address the many drivers of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women - and to ‘change the picture’.
Ellie Rennie, Tyson Yunkaporta, Indigo Holcombe-James, Digital Ethnography Research Centre, 2018
The standard strategies for avoiding harm in cyberspace are failing in remote aboriginal communities. Two specific issues are: Firstly, the tools and platform features for managing online privacy do not necessarily accord with the relatedness that characterises social life in Aboriginal communities. Secondly, the circulation of “fight videos” appears to be a phenomenon that can perpetuate violence.

Resources to address violence against women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - Special collection: July 2018
Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2018.
This publication contains a curated collection of research and other resources, covering a range of topics relating to understanding and preventing violence against women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


Child Protection (see also Royal Commission)

This article describes how a tailored algorithm has improved child protection practice in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, US. Specifically, using the algorithm at the screening stage has helped better identify whether a child needs to be visited by a child protection worker.
Samantha Finan, Leah Bromfield, Fiona Arney, Tim Moore, Australian Centre for Child Protection (UniSA), 2018
“One of the key reforms in child protection in Australia recently has been the adoption of overarching child protection frameworks to ensure that practitioners have suitable training and competencies and that models of practice and tools are clearly defined and based on evidence.
So far, these reforms have not produced the expected results…” “
Australian child protection legislation (CFCA Resource sheet, March 2018)
Child Family Community Australia, 2018.
This resource sheet provides a brief overview of child protection legislation across state and territory jurisdictions in Australia.
Attorney-General's Department (Australia), 2018
In December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse final report made 409 recommendations. This is the official response by the Australian federal government
Moores, Our Community, 2018
This toolkit has been created to help not-for-profit organisations that work with children, ensure compliance with the complex web of legislation in this area.
Rachel Carson [and 3 others], Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2018
This Research Report investigates the experiences and needs of young people whose parents have separated and have accessed the family law system.

Crime and Justice

For the latest crime and justice facts and figures, visit Crime Statistics Australia

How to increase voluntary participation in justice programs
Behavioural Insights Unit, Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW), 2018
“We used behavioural insights to identify the best way to engage people who are at high-risk of reoffending to voluntarily join behaviour change or other support programs.” (-DPC NSW)

National Deaths in Custody Program: Deaths in custody in Australia 2013-2014 and 2014-15
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
“The National Deaths in Custody program collects information on deaths that occurred in prison, in police custody and in custody-related operations throughout Australia.” (-AIC)

Overlap between youth justice supervision and alcohol and other drug treatment services: 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2016
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018
“Compared with the age-equivalent Australian population, those who had youth justice supervision were 30 times as likely to have an alcohol and other drug treatment service…” (-AIHW)

Plea negotiations: An empirical analysis
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
“Negotiating guilty pleas (‘plea bargaining’) is a central element of criminal justice processes in Australia, yet little is known outside the legal community about the frequency and outcomes of plea negotiations.” (-AIC)

Where have all the young offenders gone? Examining changes in offending between two NSW birth cohorts
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
“The crime decline in New South Wales would … appear to have resulted from a large reduction in the number of young people committing crime for the first time, although there remains a diminishing ‘hard core’ of prolific offenders.” (-AIC)

National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, 2018
“Information about buying new or used vehicles and tips to protect your keys and reduce your risk of motor vehicle theft.” (-NMVTRC)
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
This paper reports the findings of the most recent annual census of fraud against Commonwealth entities and the measures taken to prevent fraud.
Australian Human Rights Commission, 2018
This report paves the way for an important conversation that focuses on achieving a quality, safeguarding and oversight framework that successfully prevents and addresses violence against people with disability in institutional settings.
Russell G. Smith, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
“This collection of papers, … contributes to the evidence base needed to adapt and develop ever more effective responses to the threat of organised crime.” (-AIC)
Department of Communications and the Arts (Australia), 2018
The online world has “brought about many challenges and concerns for regulators, including a lack of control over content on the internet that may lead to increased opportunity for illegal and antisocial activities… An unfortunate consequence is that this can leave Australians, in particular children and teenagers, vulnerable to harmful behaviours and socially unacceptable content.” (-DCA) There is also an opportunity to have your say

Domestic Violence

View the latest ANROWS research on domestic violence here

This slideshow presentation summarises the situation about available data on Family and Domestic violence in Australia.
Michael Livingston, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, 2018
Public health advocates are calling on the National Rugby League (NRL) to acknowledge and address a dangerous spike in domestic violence against women and children linked to the annual State of Origin series.
Domestic Violence Death Review Team (NSW), 2018
This is the first national analysis from DV Death Review Teams and provides the first comprehensive analysis of domestic violence homicides in Australia.

An Australian hospital's training program and referral pathway within a multi‐disciplinary health–justice partnership addressing family violence
Kirsty Forsdike, Cathy Humphreys [and 7 others] IN Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, June 2018.
“Health–justice partnerships provide the means to assist women experiencing family violence, at the
point of disclosure, with immediate assistance offered concurrently by healthcare providers, family violence services and legal advisors.” (-ANZJPH)
ANROWS, 2018
“A collection of project stories, from various Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children projects around Australia. This compendium...outlines what projects did, what they learned, and what they see as the challenges to building safe communities for women and their children.” (-ANROWS)
kNOwVAWdata [website]
ANROWS & others, 2018.
A useful tool for viewing, measuring and analysing national data on the prevalence of violence against women. The website also includes interactive data visualisations on Violence Against Women (VAW) prevalence at the national level in Asia and the Pacific.
Christopher Dowling [and 4 others],  Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
“The current study systematically reviews research into the use and impact of protection orders, using the EMMIE framework (Effectiveness, Mechanisms, Moderators, Implementation and Economy).” (-AIC)
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
“Offenders with a history of domestic violence—particularly more frequent offending—and of breaching violence orders were more likely to reoffend. Most importantly, the risk of reoffending was cumulative, increasing with each subsequent incident.” (-AIC)

The Royal Commission has released its final report. View past information about the Commission here

National Redress Scheme​ [Website] 
Department of Social Services (Australia), 2018
On 28 May 2018, the South Australian premier Steven Marshall announced that South Australia would opt in to the National Redress Scheme. The Redress Scheme is being established in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The National Redress Information Line is now open on 1800 146 713.

Where do I get support?
Support services made available as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse are available to assist people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. Contact details for these support services can be found on the Department of Social Services’ website.
Those who need immediate assistance can contact:
Lifeline on 13 11 14
1800Respect on 1800 737 732
MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
South Australian Government’s Response to the Final Report of the Royal Commission
The Royal Commission made 189 recommendations of which 104 are the responsibilities of state governments.   The South Australian Government has accepted, or accepted in principle 66 recommendations, 37 recommendations will be the subject of further analysis, while one recommendation proposing reforms to the way in which the state manages and regulates out-of-home care service providers has not been accepted.  The response provides a detailed commentary on the South Australian Government’s response to each of these recommendations. A copy is available from


Victims of crime

The book that lifts the lid on sexual assault in Australia [book review]
This article reviews the book ‘Eggshell skull’, by Bri Lee. The VSS Resource Centre has a copy of the book available for loan to registered members.

​National inquiry into workplace sexual harassment
Australian Human Rights Commission FOR Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, 2018
A year-long inquiry into the economic impact of sexual harassment, the drivers of these behaviours and the adequacy of the existing legal framework. Make a submission to the Inquiry here
The Commission will be accepting submissions until early 2019.


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

FactCheck: Is domestic violence the leading preventable cause of death and illness for women aged 18 to 44?
The Conversation, 17 April 2018

Australian government response to The Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse
Prime Minister’s Office, 13 June 2018

Technology is both a weapon and a shield for those experiencing domestic violence
The Conversation, 18 June 2018

Not all men are violent but all men can prevent violence
ABC News, 21 June 2018

Archbishop Philip Wilson sentenced to 12 months' detention for child abuse cover-up
ABC News, 4 July 2018

Drug abuse makes domestic violence 'more vicious', but it is not the cause
Greg Mayfield, Port Pirie Recorder, 26 July 2018


A forum of inspiring South Australian women who are committed to making a difference in the world through their service and work. The event is open to all. Cost is $25 plus booking fee.
13 August, 2018. 4:45pm - 8:00pm. National Wine Centre, Adelaide SA.
The Australia Day Council of South Australia and Office for Women (SA)
This year’s theme is ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’.
2-8 September, 2018.

Day for Daniel 26 October 2018
Wear Red, Educate and Donate on Australia's largest child safety awareness and education day. Events will be held around Australia. Register to participate.
Daniel Morcombe Foundation


6-7 August, 2018. Melbourne, Vic.
AHURI in partnership with Homelessness Australia
Australia and New Zealand need to adapt to ongoing changes and be flexible in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our community. There is a need to reform the supports and services provided and the way these are delivered, and then to reflect on the effectiveness of these reforms.
28-31 August, 2018. Adelaide, SA.
The Mental Health Services Conference

ACWA 2018 Conference
The ACWA Conference is widely regarded as the premier event on both national and international calendars for child and family practitioners, policy makers, and researchers.
20 August, 2018. Sydney, NSW.
Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies Inc. (ACWA)

Technology Summit (Domestic and Sexual Violence)
The Technology Summit brings together speakers who are leading the world in understanding and navigating the intersection of domestic violence and sexual assault and technology. 
6-7 September 2018. Gold Coast, Qld.
Conference theme is “Be the change: Leaving no one behind”
20-23 November 2018. Cairns, QLD.
5-7 December 2018. Adelaide, SA.
KWY Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services.


Aboriginal Mental Health Assessment & Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal Communities Combined 3 Day Workshop.
Workshop delivered by Dr Tracy Westerman, a recognised leader in Aboriginal mental health, suicide prevention and cultural competency fields and WA's 2018 Australian of the Year.
Gain accreditation in four unique assessment tools:
Acculturation Scale for Aboriginal Australians
Acculturative Stress Scale for Aboriginal Australians
The Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist - Youth & Adults - a suicide risk screening tool for Aboriginal people
Download registration form  
15-17 August 2018. Adelaide, SA.
Indigenous Psychological Services

Brain to Brain Engagement: Neuroscience and Practice Based Techniques for the Best Client Outcomes
Dr Short will highlight how, in the age dominated by artificial electronic connection, the ability to establish meaningful face-to-face relationships with our clients, is at the core of health and healing.  
5 September 2018. Adelaide, SA.
TATRA Training

Recognise and Respond to Disclosures of Rape and Sexual Assault - 1 Day Training
Designed for workers in human services and healthcare. Will focus on providing knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to provide appropriate trauma informed response to adults who have been raped or sexually assaulted. Cost: $150.00 + GST or WCHN Staff discount $50 + GST. Morning tea and lunch provided. To book please email Seating strictly limited.
4 September 2018. Yarrow Place, Adelaide, SA.
Women’s and Children’s Health Network

Bower Place Workshops
The Practitioners at Bower Place have extensive experience working with complex systems and families. The topics they are presenting in 2018 are all approached through this lens. These workshops are only for professionals who are currently working in the field. A series of workshops on Working with complex children, adolescents, adults and families will be conducted in October to December 2018.
8 October 2018, 5-6pm. Training Courses - Open Night

Traumatic Grief and Complicated Loss, New Breakthroughs and Reliable Tools to Help Clients after Death, Divorce and other Losses: Best Practice to Restore Your Clients Lives after Loss
This workshop will focus on presenting strategies to help clients to develop new coping strategies and resilience. The emphasis will be on the techniques you can use when working with clients who have been through heartbreaking events, as well as for those left behind after a death.
15 October 2018. Adelaide, SA.
TATRA Training

Supporting Resilient Workers: Addressing vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout.
Workers will come away equipped to recognise and address their own experiences in the workplace and support colleagues and their organisation to recognise and manage these very common effects of working with trauma. The training draws on learning around vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout as well as post-trauma growth. COST: $310 pp (includes lunch and refreshments)
Bookings: Fiona Meade Counselling & Group work, Ph: 0452 040 997 Email:
16 October, 2018. 9.30am – 4pm. Whyalla Norrie, SA.
18 October, 2018. 9.30am – 4pm. Port Lincoln, SA.
FIONA MEADE Counselling & Group Work

1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846)

1800 842 846

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)