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Victim Support Service -  News

Surviving in Exile – Trauma to Recovery
Victim Support Service SA Symposium 31 May 2019


This Symposium will be held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide to gather representatives for the voices of victims of crime and abuse. Its purpose is to share experiences, knowledge, ideas and best practice in Trauma to Recovery. The Symposium aligns with 40 years of Victim Support Service advocating for South Australians to provide safety, counselling and justice support services to people impacted by crime and abuse. Find out more                            
Register NOW! 

Interview with Nikki Lamshed, Manager Client Services - listen to her talk about her work at VSS here [MP3 file} 
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, 2019
This annual report aims to provide a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health and current health status of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia), 2019
This is the final report against the framework established in 2008, and marks a transition to the next phase of Closing the Gap.


Child Protection (see also Royal Commission)

Productivity Commission, 2019
This chapter reports on the performance of governments in providing child protection, out-of-home care, family support services and intensive family support services.
 Productivity Commission, 2019.
A public health approach to protecting children means a focus on preventing child abuse and neglect from occurring in the first place. This project exams system design: what is known about ‘what works’ to enable the public health approach to protecting children.
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2019
Institution-based sexual exploitation, including within orphanages, is on the rise in South- East Asia. While the drivers of this increase are complex, the growth in volunteer and orphanage tourism creates opportunities for child sexual exploitation by allowing contact between vulnerable children and child sex offenders, stimulating demand for orphanages and orphaned children through child trafficking and paper orphaning, and providing the necessary conditions for orphanage scams.
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2019
The importation of child sex dolls into Australia has created increasing concerns. However, the implications of these products, and especially their link with child contact sexual offending, remain unclear.


Crime and Justice

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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2019
This report identifies trends and differences in alcohol and other drug use, harms and treatment in major cities and regional and remote Australia.
The chapters in this publication are written by subject-matter experts, to highlight major developments in their fields over the past 12 months. Also includes outlook for next year.
House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (UK), 2019
This report repeats earlier recommendations for clear legal liabilities to be established for tech companies to act against harmful or illegal content on their sites, and calls for a compulsory Code of Ethics defining what constitutes harmful content.
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2019
Filicide is the killing of a child by a parent or parent equivalent. Between 2000–01 and 2011–12, there were 238 incidents of filicide in Australia involving the death of 284 children. This paper examines the characteristics of custodial parents, non-custodial parents and step-parents charged with the murder or manslaughter of their children. 
C. Otter, A. Petrie, H. McLean, Parliamentary Library and Information Service (Vic), 2019
This Bill Brief looks primarily at law reforms concerning a new class of procedure known as a ‘DNA profile sample’, which seeks to grant police the ability to authorise the taking of DNA samples from persons suspected of committing indictable offences.
Rebecca Bradfield, Tasmania Law Reform Institute, 2019
This Issues Paper evaluates Tasmania’s current laws relating to the defence of insanity and fitness to stand trial, and seeks community input on these topics.
Productivity Commission, 2019
This chapter reports on the performance of governments in providing youth justice services.
Productivity Commission, 2019
The focus of this chapter is the court administration functions of Australian and State and Territory courts. Data are reported for the Federal Court, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court, the criminal and civil jurisdictions of the supreme courts, district/county courts, etc.
Productivity Commission, 2019
This chapter reports on prison custody and a range of community corrections orders and programs for adult offenders which are delivered separately by the eight states and territories.
Productivity Commission, 2019
The focus of performance reporting in this chapter is on police services, covering the operations of the police agencies of each State and Territory government, including the ACT community policing function performed by the Australian Federal Police.
The Australia Institute, 2019
This research from the Australia Institute estimates the cost of online harassment and cyberhate to have cost Australians an estimated total of $3.7 billion dollars in health costs and lost income.
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2019
Identity crime and misuse cost the Australian economy an estimated $2.65b in 2015–16. Considerable effort has been devoted to finding secure ways to verify individuals’ identity and to secure their personal information. Biometrics is the fastest developing technological solution. It makes use of people’s unique biological characteristics to identify them when dealing with government and business.


Domestic Violence

View the latest ANROWS research on domestic violence here

Government Relations
ANROWS, 2019
A guide to the Commonwealth, state and territory government’s frameworks and policies to reduce violence against women and their children.

Nicola Henry, Asher Flynn & Anastasia Powell, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2019
Image-based sexual abuse (IBSA) refers to the non-consensual creation, distribution or threatened distribution of nude or sexual images. This research examines the prevalence, nature and impacts of such victimisation and perpetration in Australia. This form of abuse was found to be relatively common among respondents surveyed and to disproportionately affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people with a disability, homosexual and bisexual people and young people.
No To Violence, 2019
“Evidence shows that working directly with men to change their behaviour can contribute to the increased safety of women and children. Through our telephone referral service, we refer men into behaviour change programs that have been shown to be effective in mitigating the very worst of the harm of family violence.” (- No to Violence)
Government of Australia, 2019
This guide was released to coincide with a speech from Prime Minister Scott Morrison on progress towards the Fourth Action Plan as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children.
Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, 2019
This Inquiry report makes 12 recommendations to government to address dowry abuse in Australia.
Stop it at the Start aims to help break the cycle of violence by encouraging adults to reflect on their attitudes, and have conversations about respect with young people. The campaign is aimed at parents and family members of children aged 10–17, as well as the teachers, coaches, community leaders and employers of young people.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

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

National Redress Scheme - South Australia joins the Redress Scheme

The Government of South Australia has joined the National Redress Scheme, which provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse, from 1 February 2019.  The Scheme was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which estimated that 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia.

The Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years. From 1 February, 2019, people who were abused in South Australian government institutions are eligible for redress under the Scheme.

People who experienced institutional child sexual abuse that occurred in South Australian non-government institutions (such as church bodies, charities and community organisations) that have declared their participation in the Scheme may also apply to access redress.

Redress is an alternative to seeking compensation through the courts. The Scheme can provide three things:

  • access to counselling
  • a payment
  • a direct personal response from the institution (e.g. an apology) for people who want it.

VSS is providing a Redress Support Service and we can be contacted on 1800 842 846.

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

Out of the shadows: Home Door. (Article about VSS Staying Home Staying safe program. Not available online)
Lauren Novak, Advertiser SA Weekend, February 2-3, 2019, pages 10-11. 

Triggering past trauma – how to take care of yourself if you’re affected by the Pell news
The Conversation, 28 February 2019

Support services inundated since George Pell’s conviction
The Guardian, 4 March 2019

Justice denied (victim compensation)
The Advertiser, 21 March 2019

SA to dump provocation defence
Channel 9 News, 9 April 2019

Events and Conferences

Connecting Up 2019 Conference
This year's event will be themed 'Transform' and will focus on providing not-for-profits with the advice, tools, capabilities and inspiration they need to transform to have the greatest impact possible.
8-10 May 2019. Melbourne, VIC.
Connecting Up

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum 2019
The 15th Annual Forum. This two-day forum will host experts from research, practice and community to share knowledge and introduce new approaches to increase support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacted by domestic and family violence. Registration fees:   $475-525
15-16 May, 2019. Mackay, QLD.
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research

The conference will advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020 & the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022.
16-17 May, 2019. Brisbane, QLD.
Families Australia

Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health & Wellbeing Conference 2019
This international conference will discuss the role of First Nations in leading change and will showcase Indigenous solutions from around the world. The conference program will highlight ways of Thinking, Speaking and Being for the benefit of Indigenous peoples everywhere.
18 June, 2019. Darwin, N.T.
The Lowitja Institute



FREE DV-Alert training
A 2-day Accredited training for community frontline workers, where you'll learn how to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence, how to respond to someone experiencing domestic and family violence and best practice to refer people on to the most appropriate support service. Places are limited!  Apply for this training at
8-9 April, 2019. Port Lincoln, SA
An Introduction to working with Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviour’
[The workshop is accredited with ACWA for 6 CPE points]
6-7 May, 2019. Elizabeth East, SA
SAFE in Oz in partnership with Midway Road Community Centre Inc.
An Introduction to working with Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviour’
[The workshop is accredited with ACWA for 6 CPE points]
4-5 July, 2019. Dates to be confirmed.  Hove, SA
SAFE in Oz in partnership with Grow SA

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