Dear Friends of VSS

Welcome to Crime Victim enews for March/April 2018.

At the March VSS Board meeting, Bryan Morden was confirmed as the new Chairperson and Karen Fullagar as the new Deputy Chairperson. 

Bryan joined the Board in 2015, the same year he retired from SAPOL, after 43 years of service. He has had a continuing strong commitment to the work of VSS, both as a volunteer and as a former Police Prosecutor, and was previously deputy Chair of the VSS Board.

Karen has served as a highly dedicated member of the Board since 2013, including time as its previous Chair.  Karen is presently the Senior Manager Organisational Development at the City of Playford.

Both Bryan and Karen bring a wealth of experience and skills that will continue to add great value to the work of the Board.

In March, I attended the meeting of our Regional staff held at Murray Bridge. It was a pleasure to hear of the work that each of them is doing in their respective areas. I was most impressed by their professional capacity and capability to deliver such a quality and varied service to people affected by crime in our country towns.

It was also a pleasure to meet with our Court Companions recently, and to hear from them about their experience in being present and available to support people when they attend court. It is such sensitive and skilled work and their dedication and attachment to the organisation, as volunteers, is most impressive.

This commitment and belief in the work of VSS permeates the whole organisation, in every aspect of the programs that we provide - from the open welcome from our reception staff, either on the phone or on presentation to the office, to our array of service responders across all program areas. 

I thank them all, and I thank you as a supporter of VSS for your continued interest in the vital nature of our mission - to be available to people affected by crime.

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



Aboriginal prisoners with cognitive impairment: Is this the highest risk group?
Stephane Shepherd [and others], Australian Institute of Criminology, 2017
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 536

Bringing them home 20 years on: An action plan for healing.
Pat Anderson, Edward Tilton, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, 2017

Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2018
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia), 2018
This is the 10th Closing the Gap report. The latest data indicates that three of the seven Closing the Gap targets are on track to be met.

Close the gap 2018 - a ten year review: the Closing the Gap strategy and recommendations for reset
Chris Holland, Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee, 2018
This report reflects on why Australian governments have not yet succeeded in closing the health gap, and why they will not succeed by 2030 if the current course continues.

Pathways to justice–Inquiry into the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: final report
Australian Law Reform Commission, 2018
This report contains 35 recommendations designed to reduce the disproportionate rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and improve community safety.


Child Protection (see also Royal Commission)

Information on the commencement of The Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017
Law Society of SA, 2018
The Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 came into effect on 26 February 2018.  This brief explains which provisions are effective from that date. It also lists the remaining provisions which come into effect in October 2018.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (UK), 2018
This report criticises Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) for the policy of child migration and recommends that all child migrants are financially compensated by HMG through a redress scheme. [Trigger warning – this report includes case studies which may disturb readers.]
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018
”Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were 7 times as likely as non-Indigenous children to have received child protection services.” (-AIHW)
National Children’s Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, 2018
This report outlines work undertaken by the National Children's Commissioner in 2016-17. The major project focused on the rights and needs of young parents and their children.
Alannah and Madeline Foundation, 2018
“Bullying is an important issue due to its high prevalence among Australian students and the lasting impacts that it has beyond a student’s school years. As technology use continues to rise, so does cyber bullying, which operates in a markedly changed environment.” (-AMF)
Isabel Rossen [and 5 others], Curtin University, 2018
This review found that young people are more likely to start drinking alcohol earlier and at risky levels as a direct result of alcohol companies targeting them via advertising.
Tim Moore [and 3 others], Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, 2018
“This review is the most comprehensive attempt yet to incorporate all known sources of influence on development [in] the first 1000 days.” (-CCCH)
Rebecca Mitchell and 4 others] IN Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2018
“The short‐ and long‐term consequences and health outcomes from self‐harm and assault injuries require critical preventive actions to reduce the long‐term associated harm”(-ANZJPH)
Sally Robinson[and 5 others], Centre for Children and Young People (SCU), 2018
This research aimed to develop an in-depth understanding of what ‘being safe’ means to young people with disability, what helps and hinders them to feel and be safe, and how their concerns about safety are perceived and responded to by other people.
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, 2018
ARACY’s report card analyses key indicators of young people’s wellbeing.


Crime and Justice

Counterterrorism Yearbook 2018
Isaac Kfir, Sofia Patel and Micah Batt, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 2018
A comprehensive resource for academics and policymakers to build on their knowledge of counterterrorism developments in countries and regions around world.

Digital identity: Helping users interact with government safely and securely[Website]
Digital Transformation Agency (Australia), 2018
The Trusted Digital Identity Framework provides a standard for digital identity in Australia. It aims to ensure all users have a safe, secure way to connect with online government services.

Fraud against the Commonwealth: report to government 2014-15
Penny Jorna and Russell G. Smith, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
This report presents research findings on the level of fraud risk affecting Commonwealth entities and the government’s approach to preventing and responding to such fraud.

The Geelong Project: interim report 2016-2017
David MacKenzie, Barwon Child, Youth and Family, Swinburne University, 2018.
The Geelong Project is producing positive results in preventing at-risk young students from becoming homeless, disengaging in their education and leaving school early.

Impact of alcohol and illicit drug use on the burden of disease and injury in Australia: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018
This report estimates that alcohol and illicit drugs were responsible for 6.7% of Australia’s disease burden in 2011.

Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine (ice): final report
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement (Australia), 2018
This report examines treatment and harm reduction measures that are in place in Australia to assist crystal methamphetamine users, their families and communities.

Missing persons: Who is at risk?
Samantha Bricknell, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2017
Australian Institute of Criminology Research Reports no. 8

Police techniques for investigating serious violent crime: A systematic review
A. Higginson, E. Eggins and L. Mazerolle, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2017
Australian Institute of Criminology Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 539

Design for justice: How design and technology can help to deliver justice better. (Signup required)
Portable, 2018
This policy report provides suggestions to improve the way the justice system works.

"I needed help, instead I was punished": abuse and neglect of prisoners with disabilities in Australia
Human Rights Watch, 2018
Based on research between September 2016 and January 2018, Human Rights Watch finds that Australia is restricting and violating the rights of prisoners with disabilities.

The Justice Project: progress report
Law Council of Australia, 2018
The Justice Project is the Law Council’s national review into access to justice for disadvantaged people in Australia.  Effective strategies for increasing access to justice include: diversionary, therapeutic and rehabilitative programs; specialist and trauma-informed practice; and, prevention and early intervention (eg timely legal assistance which resolves matters and avoids downstream costs)

Review of the family law system: issues paper
Australian Law Reform Commission, 2018
ALRC invites submissions in response to this issues paper. Submissions close 7 May 2018.


Domestic Violence

View the latest ANROWS research on domestic violence here

Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia 2018
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018
This report explores the extent, impact and cost of family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia. It reports that 72,000 women, 34,000 children and 9,000 men sought homelessness services in 2016–17 due to family/domestic violence.

Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women: final report
Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, 2018
Recommends “a network of place-based family violence strategies owned and managed by Indigenous people… linked to initiatives around alcohol reduction, inter-generational trauma, social and emotional wellbeing, and alternatives to custody.” (-ANROWS)

Intersectionality matters: a guide to engaging immigrant and refugee communities to prevent violence against women
Jasmin Chen, Multicultural Centre for Women's Health, 2017
“The Guide is divided into three parts: how to approach prevention, essential ingredients for meaningful violence prevention, and prevention in practice.” (-MCWH)

Victim-Defined Safety Planning:  A Summary
Jill Davies, Greater Hartford Legal Aid (UK), 2017
“Victims’ perspectives and priorities determine the strategies, objectives, and direction of victim defined safety plans. The essential role of advocacy is to offer information, analysis, and resources to work in partnership with victims to strengthen their plans.” (-J. Davies)


Elder Abuse

Oakden: A shameful chapter in South Australia’s history
Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (SA), 2018
This report made findings against 5 individuals and Northern Adelaide Local Health Network. It also makes 13 recommendations for all public officers in positions of authority.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

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

National Redress Scheme​ [Website]
Department of Social Services (Australia), 2018
The Redress Scheme is being established in response to the recommendations provided by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The National Redress Information Line is now open on 1800 146 713.


Victims of crime

The Red Zone report
Nina Funnell and Anna Hush, End Rape on Campus (EROC) Australia, 2018
This report details an extensive history of hazing, sexual assault and harassment at university residential colleges around the country.

The Truth of Memory and the Memory of Truth: different types of memory and the significance for trauma. (Register to download)
Dr Pam Stavropoulos and Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma, 2018
“This report presents and discusses current research findings around the nature, process, and functions of memory, with particular emphasis on traumatic memory.” (-Blue Knot Foundation)

Establishing a trauma-informed lawyer-client relationship
Eliza Patten, Talia Kraemer IN Child Law Practice, volume 33, number 10, 2014
“This two-part article presents strategies for building stronger, more trauma-informed attorney-client relationships with youth.”(-CLP)


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

Dogs to support victims of crime in court [video]
Channel 9 News, 22 Feb 2018

The Advertiser. February 25, 2018 

SA Election 2018 Victim support group calls for new laws
The Advertiser. March 14, 2018 

Arman Abrahimzadeh urges new Liberal Government to fund rehabilitation, advocacy to tackle domestic violence
The Advertiser. March 22, 2018

Courts Administration Authority data reveals abusers breach intervention orders about nine times a day
The Advertiser. April 16, 2018



Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence Vigil 2018
Commemorating the Annual National Day to Remember those who have Died because of Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence. A vigil and candle lighting ceremony.
2 May 2018, 5.30-6.30 pm.  Elder Park at the Rotunda, King William Road, Adelaide.
Coalition of Women’s Domestic Violence Services of South Australia.


Walk for Justice raises vital funds to support JusticeNet SA's work helping those experiencing poverty, disability, risk of homelessness, refugees and people representing themselves in court.
15 May 2018. Adelaide, SA
JusticeNet SA



ANROWS’s 2nd National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children
Conference theme: “Acting on Evidence”. The Conference program reflects the six outcomes of The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022. Each session features discussions on new evidence in these areas and its application to practice.
15-17 May 2018. Sydney, N.S.W.

Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum 2018
2 Day forum addressing this national issue that requires a nationwide effort to overcome.
16-17 May 2018. Darwin, N.T.

2018 Crime Prevention and Communities conference: ‘Translating evidence into practice’
Conference will focus 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?”
25 July, 2018. Melbourne, Vic.
Australian Institute of Family Studies



Neuroscience and Effective Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
Dr John Arden demonstrates a new way of looking at the recovery process, using Brain-Based Therapy to educate your clients and make treatment goals understandable and achievable.
8 May 2018. Adelaide, SA.
TATRA Training

Recognise and respond to disclosures of rape and sexual assault
1 day training. Cost: $150.00 + GST. Morning tea and lunch provided.
Email: to register for this course before Friday 4th May 2018
17 May 2018. Yarrow Place, Adelaide, SA.
Yarrow Place

Masterclass: Working with Psychosis and Trauma
31 May, 2018. Adelaide, SA.
 Blue Knot Foundation

Suicide Prevention Workshop
This free workshop helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them.  The training is open to community members aged over 18 years including individuals or groups.
15 June 2018. Tanunda, SA. (Barossa Weintal Hotel, 235 Murray St)
Wesley LifeForce


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