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Welcome to Crime Victim enews for May/June 2019.


Victim Support Service -  News

Surviving in Exile – Trauma to Recovery
Victim Support Service SA Symposium 31 May 2019
This successful Symposium, held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide, gathered representatives for the voices of victims of crime and abuse. 150 attendees from around Australia learned from key speakers and participated in dynamic panel discussions on the key issues of: elder abuse, domestic violence, surviving child sexual abuse, human trafficking and forced marriage.

Should people access super early
This article looks at the issues involved in allowing Domestic Violence victims early access to superannuation. VSS Chief Executive Caroline Holmstrom was asked for her views.
In the Black. 1 April 2019.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Issues

Aboriginal mothers in prison in Australia: a study of social, emotional and physical wellbeing
Elizabeth A. Sullivan [and 12 others], In Australian And New Zealand Journal Of Public Health, 2019
This article argues that the adoption of social and emotional wellbeing as an explanatory framework for culturally secure healthcare in prison is essential to improving health outcomes of Aboriginal mothers in prison in Australia.
Kyllie Cripps [and 10 others], ANROWS, 2019, Kristin Diemer, Nikki Honey, Justine
This report presents key findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey focusing on results for respondents who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Money stories: financial resilience among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Megan Weier, Kylie Dolan, Abigail Powell, Kristy Muir, Amanda Young, Centre for Social Impact, 2019
This report builds on previous work on financial resilience in Australia and represents the beginning of an exploration of the financial resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Child Protection

Save the Children International, 2019
This report includes case studies of countries that have made strong progress in improving children’s well-being in recent decades. “280 million children are better off today than they would have been two decades ago.”
Karen Toohey [and 4 others], ACT Human Rights Commission, 2019
This report summarises the ACT Human Rights Commission’s investigations into a range of allegations and concerns about the treatment of young people at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre in the period from 2014 to 2017.
Office of the eSafety Commissioner (Australia), 2019
This research focuses on parents’ experiences raising children in a world steeped in online activity and connection. It confirms the pivotal role parents play in keeping their children safe online and highlights their very real concerns about their capacity to deal with online safety issues.
Office of the eSafety Commissioner (Australia), 2019
This resources is designed to educate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and carers of children aged 5 – 18 about the importance of starting the chat with young people around online safety.


Crime and Justice

For the latest crime and justice facts and figures, visit Crime Statistics Australia.
Does CCTV help police solve crime?
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2019
“Timely access to CCTV footage for criminal investigations is associated with increased clearance rates for crimes on the rail network.” (-AIC)

Drug use monitoring in Australia: Drug use among police detainees, 2017
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2019
“Data were collected between January and December 2017 at five sites: Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Bankstown and Surry Hills.” (-AIC)
Australian Law Reform Commission, 2019
This report makes 60 recommendations for reform, including that the resolution of family law disputes be returned to the states and that federal family courts eventually be abolished.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2019
People leaving prison are members of society needing employment, housing, health care, and other support services in the community to maintain and improve health and well-being, and reduce the likelihood of returning to prison. This report presents the results of the 5th National Prisoner Health Data Collection (NPHDC), which was conducted in 2018.
How do police use CCTV footage in criminal investigations
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2019
“One in three investigators encountered issues related to image quality or coverage; however, two-thirds of investigators were provided with footage of a suspect and one-third with footage of the incident under investigation.” (-AIC)
New South Wales Auditor-General, 2019
This audit assessed how efficiently and effectively the NSW Department of Justice is responding to growth in the NSW prison population. This report does not analyse the sources of demand or recommended ways that custody may be avoided. These are largely government policy issues.
Predicting online fraud victimisation in Australia
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2019
“Online consumer fraud can take a variety of forms and can target anyone. It comes with substantial costs. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) estimates that more than $90m was lost as a result of fraudulent activity in 2017 (ACCC 2018).” (-AIC)
Parliamentary Counsel Office (New Zealand), 2019
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Attack on Christchurch Mosques on 15 March 2019 has been established. The Royal Commission is to investigate events leading up to the attack and the performance of State sector agencies in relation to those events.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2019
This report looks at young people who were under youth justice supervision in Australia during 2017–18 because of their involvement or alleged involvement in crime. It explores the key aspects of supervision, both in the community and in detention, as well as recent trends.

Domestic Violence

View the latest ANROWS research on domestic violence here

Australian Women Against Violence Alliance, 2019
This analysis considers how 2019–2020 federal budget measures, including $328 million for prevention measures and frontline services under the 'Our Investment in Women's Safety' package, contribute to addressing violence against women and their children.
Rachel Simon-Kumar, New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, 2019
Increasingly, there is recognition that services cannot be ‘one size fits all’ across ethnic and non-ethnic communities. Specific culturally-sensitive approaches and techniques need to be utilised to address the unique profiles of violence against ethnic and migrant women. The author welcomes feedback to on how this publication has been used.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2019
This report explores the impact of family, domestic and sexual violence among vulnerable groups. “1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men with disability experienced emotional abuse from a partner” (-AIHW)
Kathleen Flanagan, Hazel Blunden, Kylie Valentine, Jane Henriette, AHURI, 2019
This study examined the impact of housing and other support services on safety and wellbeing for families experiencing domestic and family violence.  The study also reviewed the legislative framework across Australia, together with interviews with key stakeholders and users.
Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2019
This paper provides a synthesis of the evidence on IPSV, examining its characteristics, current service responses and prevention activities. It includes recommendations for policy and practice.
Kathryn Di Nicola, Dini Liyanarachchi and Jacqueline Plummer,  Mission Australia, 2019
Domestic and family violence is a major driver of homelessness in Australia, particularly for women and their children. This paper focuses on the intersections between these issues, drawing together the research, stories of victim-survivors and service provider wisdom to recommend ways forward.
Christine Coumarelos, Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales, 2019
Women experiencing domestic and family violence are ten times as vulnerable to legal problems as the rest of the population, according to this research. In a twelve-month period, respondents who had experienced domestic and family violence had twenty legal problems on average, compared to only two legal problems for the rest of the population.
1800RESPECT, 2019
In our latest Sector-in-Focus article, we speak to Carolyn Frohmader, Executive Director of Women with Disabilities Australia. Carolyn discusses the definition of family and domestic violence, and how this affects service pathways for women with disability.
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, 2017
Strangulation has only recently been identified as one of the most deadly forms of domestic violence: unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes.  Find out more about the signs and symptoms of strangulation with our free downloadable resource.
Elizabeth, Vivienne. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 2019, 40(1):114-126
This paper describes a dual program of therapeutically informed interventions with separated mothers and fathers. This is designed to recognise and respond to parental loss and grief experiences, whilst simultaneously fostering personal self-reflexivity and transformation.
Our Watch, 2019
Research shows that one in four women in Australia has experienced at least one incident of non-physical abuse from a partner. However, half of Australians find it difficult to recognise non-physical forms of abuse between partners. This resource aims to support prevention practitioners in their work to increase understanding that all forms of abuse are serious.
Karen Struthers, Natalie Parmenter, Clare Tilbury, ANROWS, 2019
The focus of this research is young people as agents of change in preventing violence against women. This reflects the origins of R4Respect as primarily a domestic violence prevention program.

Elder Abuse

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, 2019
The National Aged Care Survey was undertaken by the ANMF of staff working in residential and community aged care, to ascertain their concerns, experiences and views about working in the aged care sector. Sadly, conditions are little changed from the 2016 survey.
Senate Community Affairs References Committee, Parliament of Australia, 2019
Among the many other recommendations, this report calls for the Australian government to implement a clearly articulated principle that the duty of care for the regulation of all care within the aged care residential setting ultimately rests with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, 2019
The use of restrictive practices in residential aged care in Australia is contentious. There is significant public interest in the issue of restraint and ways to reduce or avoid it. This paper provides a high-level introduction to restrictive practices in residential aged care in Australia.

 National Redress Scheme for Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Victim Support Service is a Redress Support Service provider.  We offer free and confidential trauma informed practical and therapeutic support to anyone considering applying to the National Redress Scheme.

The National Redress Scheme (Scheme) was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.The Royal Commission recommended that Redress be made as a way of assisting survivors in their personal journey of healing.
Victim Support Service can provide information about the National Redress Scheme and who can apply.
Victim Support Service is funded by the National Redress Scheme to provide the following support to Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse:
-        Free and confidential counselling
-        Information and support to navigate the Redress Scheme
-        Assistance filling out the application
-        Support with understanding your Redress outcome
We can also liaise with Knowmore (free legal support service) for free legal advice throughout this process.
To speak to one of our National Redress Scheme Support Workers please call 1800 842 846 or email


LGBTIQA+ issues

ACON, 2019
This health strategy, released by NSW’s leading LGBTQ health organisation, aims to address key health issues and barriers experienced by trans and gender diverse people.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, 2019
This report examines the experiences of LGBTIQ employees at Victoria Police. The report finds that Victoria Police is committed to building an organisational culture that is safe for LGBTIQ employees – but that there still a way to go.
Georgia Ovenden [and 7 others], WESTERN SYDNEY UNIVERSITY, ACON, 2019
This research looks at GBTIQ men’s experiences of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.


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

Terrified ageing child abuse survivors begin transition into aged care
ABC News article, 5 April 2019



World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference - Elder Abuse: From Prevention To Intervention
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.
17 June, 2019. Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg, SA.

NAPCAN's National Child Protection Week 1-7 September 2019
NAPCAN's nationwide events are a great way to network and find out the latest information about prevention. We have fantastic speakers and activities lined up. Registration forms will be available soon.



Thinking, Speaking and Being. This international conference will discuss the role of First Nations in leading change and will showcase Indigenous solutions from around the world.
18 June, 2019. Darwin, N.T.
The Lowitja Institute
Third Australasian Indigenous Family Violence Policing Conference
A unique opportunity to engage with Elders, police, sector professionals and leaders in the anti-violence space in an extraordinary learning symposium. The conference offers engagement, discussions and potential solutions that are real, heartfelt and honest.
19-21 June, 2019. Cairns, QLD.
Queensland Police Service
National Elder Abuse Conference
22-23 July 2019. Brisbane, QLD.
Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence ANZ Forum
To overcome domestic, family and sexual violence in Australia and New Zealand through the engagement of a range of stakeholders including government, industry, police and law-enforcement, and family violence workers and others.
30-31 July 2019. Sydney, NSW. Also Post-Conference Workshop 1 August 2019
2019 STOP Domestic Violence Conference
9-11 December 2019. Gold Coast, QLD.


Supporting Resilient Workers; Addressing vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout .
​This training provides information, skills development and reflection exploring vicarious trauma and resilience for workers in helping roles. Presented by Fiona Meade. Contact email
26 July, 2019. Berri, SA.
FIONA MEADE Counselling & Group Work


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