Dear Friends of VSS

Welcome to the Crime and Justice Issues update for May/June 2017.

Kind regards,
Jodie Sloan
Acting Chief Executive
Victim Support Service


Aboriginal Issues

Aboriginal Services Directory [website]
Provides up-to-date listings of Aboriginal Organisations, Aboriginal Businesses (owned or part owned) and non-Aboriginal Organisations and businesses providing social and community services to Aboriginal people.
Catalyst Foundation (formerly Seniors Information Service) & Turkindi Inc. (The Indigenous Information Network of SA)

Carers of Indigenous children: services and systems failure? Where to next?
Beth Mah, Kym M. Rae, Medical Journal of Australia, 7 April 2017
“We need solutions that adequately engage Indigenous carers in mental health care” (-MJA)

Indigenous access to family law in Australia and caring for Indigenous children
Adelaide Titterton, UNSW Law Journal, 2017
“Increasing Indigenous access to the federal family law system is one effort that can be made to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous children in out-of-home care.” (-UNSW Law J.)


Child Protection (see also Royal Commission)

Orbit Rescue [web app]
Daniel Morcombe Foundation, 2017
A free app designed to protect 8-10year old children from sexual abuse.

Protection through participation: involving children in child-safe organisations
Tim Moore, Child Family Community Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2017
This practitioner resource “provides practical guidance based on what children and young people have said themselves, as well as observations about how this might be put into practice. “ (-CFCA)

Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory: interim report
Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, 2017
“The youth justice and child protection systems in the Northern Territory are inextricably linked … children and young people in out-of-home care are more likely to enter the youth detention system.” (-RCPDCNT)

Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future
J. W. Toumbourou [& 7 others], School of Psychology (Deakin University) for Family & Relationship Services Australia, 2017
This report is intended for the family and relationship services sector to develop “a more coordinated, sector-wide approach to meeting the needs of our clients” (-Deakin Univ.)


Crime Prevention

Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards 2017 - Nominations
The annual Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA) recognise and reward good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia. Any government agency, not-for-profit organisation or individual person making a significant contribution to a project in Australia can be nominated for an award. The closing date for applications is Friday, 19 May 2017

Australian Cyber Security Centre 2016 cyber security survey report
Australian Cyber Security Centre, 2017
“An overview of how prepared Australian organisations are to meet the growing cyber threat.” (-ACSC)

Damn Good Advice on Cyber-Safety and Fraud Prevention
Our Community, 2017
This updated guide provides practical, easy-to-follow advice on how your organisation or community group can safeguard itself against cybercrime and cyberfraud.


Domestic Violence

View the latest ANROWS research on domestic violence

Action Research Support Project – Stories from the field
Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, 2017
Examples of programs to prevent family violence, which have used an action research framework. These stories contribute to a new evidence base about what works in creating safe communities for women and their children in Australia. 

Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) [website]
CCRI’s mission is to fight non-consensual pornography and other forms of online abuse.
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative

Women’s specialist domestic and family violence services: their responses and practices with and for Aboriginal women - final report
J. Putt, R. Holder, C. O'Leary, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, 2017
This project “concentrated on how workers and services listen to Aboriginal women—what they see and hear, what they have learnt, and how they apply this in practice.” (-ANROWS)



Changing age profile of NSW offenders
Efty Stavrou, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2017
“The ageing population cannot be given as the main reason for the increase in older offenders and inmates in NSW. Future research should focus on the reasons for older people offending.” (-BOCSAR)

Fraud within the Commonwealth: a census of the most costly incidents 2017
Russell G Smith & Penny Jorna, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2017
From financial years 2010–11 to 2014–14, Commonwealth entities experienced 9,467 incidents of internal fraud, with losses of over $12.7m.” (-AIC)

‘Lifting the fear and suppressing the greed’: penalties for white-collar crime and corporate and financial misconduct in Australia
Senate Economics References Committee, 2017
This inquiry examined the inconsistencies and inadequacies of current criminal, civil and administrative penalties for corporate and financial misconduct or white-collar crime.

NSW recorded crime statistics 2016
Derek Goh, Jessie Holmes, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2017
“Crime across most of NSW has either remained stable or fallen over the last 2 years. The only major offence to have increased across the State during this period was steal from retail store.” (-BOCSAR)

New South Wales: youth justice supervision in 2015–16
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2017
Summary statistics on youth justice supervision in NSW in 2015–16, with some national comparisons.

Violent extremism in Australia : an overview
Shandon Harris-Hogan, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2017
This paper examines the nature of extremist violence that has impacted on Australia, and highlights changes in the risk and the nature of violent extremism over time.” (-AIC)

Youth justice in Australia 2015–16
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2017
This bulletin examines the numbers and rates of young people who were under youth justice supervision during 2015–16. It explores key aspects of their supervision, both in the community and in detention, as well as recent trends.


Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

View all recent news from the Royal Commission here

Oversight and regulatory mechanisms aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse: understanding current evidence of efficacy
Prof. Ben Mathews for Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2017
“Australian oversight bodies lack consistency when it comes to their powers to protect children from institutional sexual abuse… there is no clear picture of these oversight bodies having frequent or wide-ranging engagement concerning child sexual abuse in institutional contexts” (-RCIRCSA)

Submissions from the public hearing into Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
Written submissions for the public hearing into the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle have been published.


Trauma and PTSD

Anger, brain and body [downloadable poster]
National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (U.S.), 2017
This poster illustrates how anger affects the brain. It can be downloaded as a pdf or jpeg.

Self-care resources
Blue Knot Foundation, 2017
“In this section, we will review self care/help resources our Blue Knot Helpline counselling team collects to share with people who call the Helpline.” (-Blue Knot Foundation)


Victims of crime

Trauma and the law: applying trauma-informed practice to legal and judicial contexts
Dr Cathy Kezelman, Blue Knot Foundation, 2017
“By acknowledging and taking steps not to compound the unresolved trauma with which they are constantly confronted, legal and judicial systems will operate more effectively across a range of domains.” (-Blue Knot Foundation)


In the Media

Recent ABC media reports on Law, Crime and Justice can be viewed online here



Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence vigil 2017
Commemorating the Annual National Day to Remember those who have Died because of Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence. A vigil and candle lighting ceremony, featuring the Australian Girls Choir.
3 May 2017, 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 2017
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.
16 May 2017. Adelaide, SA
JusticeNet SA


5th Child Aware Approaches Conference: Driving national action on child safety and wellbeing
A 2-day national conference to advance the goals of the National Framework for Protecting
Australia’s Children 2009 – 2020. 
15-16 May 2017. Brisbane, QLD
Families Australia

Dignity 2017 International Conference
For only the 2nd time, this conference will be held outside of Canada. International speakers and performers will share the many and diverse ways women and children resist violence.
22-24 May 2017. Fremantle, W.A.
Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (W.A.)

Communities in Control Conference
Thought leadership for the not-for-profit sector
29-30 May 2017. Melbourne, VIC
Our Community Pty Ltd

Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South: An International Conference
10-13th July 2017. Cairns, QLD
The Crime and Justice Research Centre (QUT) and the Asian Criminological Society

The 5th International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics: "Cybercrime Research, Policy and Practice: the Collaboration Imperative"
16-18 July 2017. Gold Coast, QLD
Australian Institute of Criminology and the Asia Pacific Association of Technology and Society

National Victims of Crime Conference 2017: Victims’ Voices - Reform, Innovation and Action
The Conference will explore effective ways to give victims and survivors a voice in addressing their diverse needs and how their experiences are influencing and reforming services and policy responses.
6 September 2017. Brisbane, QLD
Griffith Criminology Institute

Australian Social Policy Conference
Australia’s pre-eminent multidisciplinary conference concerned with issues of social policy such as poverty, welfare and social inequality.
25–27 September 2017. Sydney, NSW
University of New South Wales



Working With Children’s Emotions (Free Workshop)
Presented by Bower Place psychologists, this 45 minute session is specifically designed for school counsellors and teaching professionals. It addresses the challenge of talking to children about troublesome feelings.
Register via the website or email Carly at info@bowerplace.com.au
25th May 2017. Bower Place, Adelaide, SA
Bower Place

Healing the Grieving Heart: Effective Strategies for Helping Clients Heal from Grief, Trauma Break-ups, and Other Losses While Creating Renewed Meaning in their Lives
This workshop will show you how to help clients navigate the journey of grief more easily and view loss as a pathway to greater compassion, deeper relationships, and more meaningful living.
29 May 2017. Adelaide, SA
TATRA Training

Foundation for Trauma-Informed Care and Practice
Builds awareness around the possibility of trauma affecting the people you support and work with, and provides the knowledge and skills to minimise re-traumatisation and enhance possibilities for recovery.
14 June 2017. Mount Gambier, SA 
Blue Knot Foundation

A Three-Phased Approach – Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients
For professionals working in therapeutic contexts with adult survivors of complex trauma. Cost $615.
15-16 June 2017. St Marks College, North Adelaide, SA
Blue Knot Foundation

Working with Clients with Complex Issues: Integrated Techniques for Working with Emotional Dysregulation, Unresolved Trauma, Complex Resistance and Chronic Anger and Hate
Conducted by Dr Dan Short.
21 June 2017, Adelaide, SA
TATRA Training

How Do You Feel About That? - Working Therapeutically with Children and their Emotions
One day workshop presented by psychologists Dr Nicole Nelson and Catherine Sanders, focusing on specific practices and protocols for therapeutic work with children and their emotions.
30 June 2017.   Register on the website
Bower Place

Marc Lewis One Day Workshop
1 day workshop. Understand the brain science behind alcohol and other drug dependence and find out what it means for treatment from a leading world authority on this topic. This workshop is specially designed for those workers whose role may bring them in contact with people who use drugs.
24 July 2017. Melbourne, Vic.
Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA)


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