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Welcome to Crime Victim enews for May/June 2018.


Victim Support Service -  News

 Royal Commission and the National Redress Scheme

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.


 Remembrance Day 2018

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)


Child Protection (see also Royal Commission)

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.

Troy Allard [and others], Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 547
This report explores whether different groups of maltreaters can be identified based on their frequency of contact with child protection agencies. It also explores differences among individuals identified as responsible for harm across age, gender, Indigenous status, relationship with victim and harm type.
Lixia Qu, Julie Lahausse and Rachel Carson, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2018
This research report is based on a 2016 survey of Australian foster and relative/kinship carers. 
“This study identified that there is the need to better inform and prepare carers for their role and to provide more support while children are in their care…” (-AIFS)


Crime and Justice

Eileen Patterson [and 3 others], Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
Kaylene Douglas & Russell G Smith, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
This paper “seeks to offer an understanding of what membership of an organised crime group entails, the motivations for leaving, processes of disengagement and potential repercussions that may be encountered as a result.” (-AIC)
Anthony Morgan,  Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
Research report no. 5
This research calculated the total cost of pathways through imprisonment and community corrections in Victoria, factoring in direct and indirect costs and savings, in a matched cohort of offenders.
Emily Scott [and 3 others], Liberty Victoria's Rights Advocacy Project, 2018
This report analyses the diversion schemes currently operating in the Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts of Victoria.
Justice reinvestment in Australia: A review of the literature
Matthew Willis & Madeleine Kapira, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to reducing criminal justice system expenditure and improving criminal justice system outcomes through reductions in imprisonment and offending.
Andrew Ticehurst and Tom Sullivan, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
“On average, recent users reported methamphetamine consumption 14 days out of the last 30 days...” (-AIC) 
National Integrity Commission: Design blueprint
The Australia Institute's National Integrity Committee, 2018
These 2 documents outline the next stage in the design of a National Integrity Commission against corruption.
Jessica Heerde [and 5 others], Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 545
“The project investigated the return on investment achievable in Victoria with a $150 million investment in a mix of six evidence based prevention strategies.” (-AIC)
Anthony Morgan [and 4 others], Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
The High Density Housing Program uses “community development approaches to prevent crime and antisocial behaviour at Ainslie Avenue, a large public housing area in the ACT.” (-AIC)
Tasmania Law Reform Institute, 2018
“This final report addresses the complex problem of recidivist drink driving in Tasmania and proposes an innovative solution through the establishment of a Drug Treatment (DWI) order.” (-TLRI)
Matthew Willis, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
Research report no. 7
The literature provides further support for the contention that transitional and housing support services have the potential to reduce recidivism, thereby bringing direct benefits to clients, increasing community safety, and reducing criminal justice system costs.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, 2018
“This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community. It highlights the cooperative work of the ACCC, other regulators and law enforcement agencies to disrupt scams and educate consumers.” (-ACCC)
Inez Dussuyer & Russell Smith, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
“The results confirm the nature of the harms that almost all whistleblowers experience as a consequence of reporting misconduct. The paper concludes by identifying ways in which whistleblowers could better be protected from victimisation…” (-AIC)
Eileen Patterson [and 2 others], Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
“findings show that non-medical use disproportionately affects police detainees. Risks also exist for first response officers who may need to respond to detainees intoxicated by these substances.” (-AIC) 

Domestic Violence

View the latest ANROWS research on domestic violence here

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)

Brain Injury Australia, Monash University, Domestic Violence Victoria, No To Violence and Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, 2018
“This report finds a strong association between brain injury and family violence, and significant gaps in service responses.” (-AIFS)
Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor, 2018
“The purpose of the Monitor is to hold the government … to account for implementing the family violence reform package that arose out of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.” (-FVRIM)
Women, disability and violence: Barriers to accessing justice: Key findings and future directions paper
Professor JaneMaree Maher of Monash University in partnership with PWDA, for ANROWS, 2018.
“The majority of the cases captured in this report were instances of domestic and family violence, broadly defined, meaning they occurred within a family or caring context.” (-ANROWS)


Elder Abuse

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)

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​ [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.


Victims of crime

Donna Chung [and 3 others], Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
This study investigated the understanding and experiences of sexual coercion and violence by young women from African refugee and migrant backgrounds in Western Australia and South Australia.
In an innovative approach, Blue Knot Foundation’s nationally and internationally acclaimed Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery were applied to the recent redevelopment of the 1800RESPECT website
Blue Knot Foundation and 1800RESPECT


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

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



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



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
In many parts of the world, elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. The purpose of the WEAAD is to encourage communities to recognise the issues concerning abuse of older people and for our society to create policies that promote dignity and respect for older people.
15 June, 2018. Glenelg, SA.
Conference theme “What matters most to families in the 21st century?”
25 July, 2018. Melbourne, Vic.
Australian Institute of Family Studies
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
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.


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

Family Drug Support presents ‘Stepping Forward’ - Module 1: “Stages of Change & Balance Pole”
A clear and practical information session in a safe place where people can share and feel supported.
The session will cover:  The stages of change for those engaged in using alcohol/drugs; The stages of change for families; How to cope through self-care; and, Letting go and still remaining supportive and caring.  After the session, a community forum will discuss how Family Drug Support can support your community. 
Bookings are essential: please contact Chloe on 0428271743 or Brendan on 0457030805 to book.
21 June 2018 6-8pm. Girl Guides Hall (Corner Whitehead St and Darling Tce), Whyalla
Family Drug Support
Family and Domestic Violence Risk Assessments and responding to high risk training 
One day free training session focussing on practice based skill development in conducting risk assessments and responding to high risk. Suitable for workers new to conducting risk assessments, and for workers who regularly conduct risk assessments but want to develop their skills. NOTE - this training assumes a basic level of knowledge around domestic violence and has pre-requisite readings/videos that will be sent out upon registration. 
Registration is essential. To register or enquire, please email  
21 June 2018. Mount Gambier, SA. (Housing SA, 9 Elizabeth St, Mt. Gambier)
Women’s Safety Services SA

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.
TATRA Training

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

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