Dear Friends of VSS
Welcome to Crime Victim enews for May/June 2018.
On Monday 28th of May the Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall, announced that South Australia would opt in to the National Redress Scheme South Australia now joins New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, the ACT and the Northern Territory who have all opted-in to the scheme.
The Redress Scheme is a new government program, designed to provide support to people who were sexually abused as children while in the care of an institution. The plan to have a Redress Scheme came from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It is one way the government is working to acknowledge and help people who experienced child sexual abuse. It is designed so that relevant organisations take responsibility to make amends for sexual abuse that happened to children they were looking after.
The National Redress Information Line is now open on 1800 146 713.
For the past twenty five years the Port Pirie Domestic Violence Action Group has been committed to raising awareness about the impact of domestic violence as an issue of concern at a local level. We also aim to provide liaison between local services to support victims of domestic violence.
We hold two events a year to raise local awareness via community engagement. These are Remembrance Day and White Ribbon Day. We are supported by our local media outlets in disseminating information to the public.
In May we held our fifth Remembrance Day event at the Port Pirie Regional Library. Remembrance Day is a day that is set aside to remember the women and children who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. It is a national day of significance also known as the vigil which is held in many areas of Australia from major cities to regional centres.
This year we had two guest speakers at our event. Delia Guy who travelled as a social worker with the Red Cross to East Timor. Delia spoke about her experiences of working with women experiencing domestic violence in East Timor. Also, Debra who is a local author and a survivor of domestic violence. Debra read out some of her poems from a book she has had produced – A Survivor's Words.
Jenny Lewis, Victim Support Service Coordinator, Port Pirie
Aboriginal Australian Family Wellbeing Program: a historical analysis of the conditions that enabled its spread
Janya McCalman [and others] IN Frontiers in Public Health, 2018This study examined the development of the Aboriginal-developed Family Wellbeing program, which spread nationally to 60 known sites over 24 years and was delivered to more than 3,500 participants.
Closing the Gap Refresh: papering over the gaps or structural reform
Francis Markham [and others], Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, 2018
“There is a real risk that a refresh of the CTG strategy, by providing an impression of government activity, will encourage the public to assume that the state has done all that it can, and that First Peoples are therefore to blame for the failure of gaps to close.” (CAEPR)
Closing the Gap targets: 2017 analysis of progress and key drivers of change
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018
“The analyses presented … demonstrate that the life expectancy gap cannot be eliminated by health initiatives alone. … key drivers include socioeconomic status and other social determinants…” (-AIHW)
What is known about pathways to mental health care for Australian Aboriginal young people? A narrative review
Alexandra Kilian and Anna Williamson IN International Journal for Equity in Health, 2018
“Aboriginal children & adolescents may face additional difficulties navigating the mental health care system… due to… the dearth of culturally appropriate treatment pathways.” (-Int J E H)
State of play—youth, kids and digital dangers
Office of the eSafety Commissioner (Australia), 2018
This report highlights a number of key themes in relation to the online challenges facing young people age 8–17.
The Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT) and intimate partner repeat victimisation
Clare Ringland, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2018
“This study highlights the importance of empirical validation when developing a risk assessment tool and provides evidence in support of further evaluation and review of the DVSAT.” (-BOCSAR)
(En)countering resistance: strategies to respond to resistance to gender equality initiatives
Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, 2018
“This resource draws together some effective tools and strategies to prepare for and respond to backlash and resistance to gender equality initiatives.” (-VHPF)
Elder abuse: the role of general practitioners in community-based screening and multidisciplinary action
Nola M. Ries and Elise Mansfield IN Australian Journal of General Practice, 2018
“This article summarises several brief screening tools for various forms of elder abuse.” (-AJGP)
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.
Recent ABC media reports on Law, Crime and Justice can be viewed online here
Recent South Australian news can be viewed here
PEACE Pack halves bullying at Adelaide school
Flinders News, 13 February 2018
Port Adelaide to get South Australia’s first memorial for domestic violence victims
Portside Weekly Messenger, April 12, 2018
There’s no rhyme or reason for violence
The Recorder, 10 May 2018
SA to join national redress scheme
Advertiser online, 28 May 2018
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)
Trauma Informed Practice for Frontline Workers
Learn the principles of trauma informed care and practice including the impact of childhood trauma on adult survivors, trauma triggers and responses. Cost $90. Facilitator Deanna Rohrsheim
4 July 2018. Hindmarsh, SA.
Australian Institute of Social Relations
Stress-Proofing the Brain: Applying Neuroplasticity, Mindful Self-Compassion and Positive Psychology to Overcome Stress, Anxiety, and Trauma
Learn new tools to transform your practice - making therapy more dynamic and interesting and creating more hopeful, engaged, and empowered clients. Presented by Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D.
6 August 2018. Adelaide, SA.
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)