Dear friends of VSS
Welcome to the November edition of Crime Victim E-News.
The Winners of the 2016 Victim Worker of the Year were announced at our Annual General Meeting on the 31st October. Congratulations go to:
Debbie Gibson – Winner of the 2016 Professional Award
Diane Bader - Winner of the 2016 Volunteer Award
As well as becoming VSS Honorary Life Members, Debbie and Diane were presented with an engraved VSS Carriage Clock.
They are both great examples of people in the South Australian community who go the extra mile to support people impacted by crime.  Debbie has worked as a Victim Contact Officer in the Major Crime Branch of SAPOL for many years. She was described by her nominee as “someone who demonstrates dedication, diligence and compassion, often taking the time to speak to victims out of work hours for extended periods. It does not matter to her whether the co-victim requires information or simply just needs someone with whom to talk. At times Debbie will alter her work roster to accommodate co-victims’ requests and needs.”
Debbie also plays an important role in communicating with families of victims of unsolved homicides.  She assisted in the production of the Unsolved Homicide pamphlet (which has been acclaimed by co-victims and police) and the soon-to-be published booklet for families and friends of missing persons.  She helped assist victims’ families who participated in the Crime Stopper 9 News community service announcement on unsolved homicides, and has played an ongoing role in informing and supporting co-victims throughout the implementation of new cold case strategies.
In addition to her role at SAPOL, for many years Debbie has worked tirelessly to assist the Homicide Victim Support Group by attending meetings, collating, producing and distributing the group’s newsletter, and organising the annual memorial vigil.
Diane has been a volunteer with Victim Support Service since 2004, providing court companion support to victims of crime throughout the Yorke Peninsula and the mid-north. On many occasions Diane has travelled to the likes of Port Augusta to assist victims of crime at District and Supreme Court trials & at Family Conferences (a 400 km round trip).  She is also a confident public speaker, highlighting VSS services and the impact of crime to police and service groups throughout the Yorke Peninsula.
A particular area of focus for Diane has been supporting victims of crime at Family Conferences.  VSS has always received excellent feedback from Youth Justice Coordinators about Diane’s commitment and professionalism.
The victim support community is blessed to be backed by people like Debbie and Diane. The 2016 Victim Worker of the Year Award is one way that we can publicly recognise the positive difference they have made to victims’ lives.
Kind regards
Julian Roffe
Chief Executive
VSS Update
VSS has moved
Victim Support Service has moved to 33 Franklin Street, Adelaide. View the location on Google Maps.
The VSS Helpdesk number has not changed. You can still call the VSS Helpdesk on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842846).
Ticketed parking is available on Franklin Street and at surrounding carparks.
Various forms of public transport are within easy walking distance:
Adelaide Train Station - walk through the Station Arcade, Leigh Street, Topham Mall and Bentham St.
Tram - located 400m from the Pirie St Tram Stop and 350m from the Victoria Square Tram Stop
Bus - located 300m from Stop V2 King William Street (West side) of the 98C City and North Adelaide clockwise loop
Our new service centre at 33 Franklin Street includes five consulting rooms for client appointments, the largest victimology resource centre in Australia, and a Training and Conference Centre for community events, which accommodates up to 80 people. 
Aboriginal Issues
Monica La Macchia, Policy Online, 2016
“This document aims to identify some of the key issues and factors that contribute to rates of over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system.” (M. La Macchia)
Child Protection – see also Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Jennifer Baxter, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2016.
Two in five Australian children live in households with more complex family relationships … during their childhood. “Understanding the extent and nature of children’s experiences of different household relationships is important for thinking about the value and appropriateness of policies and services to children and their families.” (-AIFS)
Family Law Council, Attorney-General's Department (Australia), 2016
This is the final report to the Attorney-General on the issue of families with complex needs and the family law and child protection systems.  It concentrates on opportunities to enhance collaboration and information sharing within the family law system as well as other support services and agencies.
Dr Antonia Quadara and Cathryn Hunter, Australian Institute of Family Studies, for The Royal Commission, 2016
The Royal Commission has released a discussion paper examining the growing interest in trauma-informed care and the implementation of trauma-informed approaches to support survivors of trauma, including survivors of child sexual abuse.
Crime Prevention – see also Child Protection
Kim Landers, Caroline Winter, ABC Radio World Today, 21 October 2016
A parliamentary inquiry into elder abuse is being established in South Australia, something the Council on the Ageing says is long overdue.
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2016
“The AIC has had a number of notable achievements during the year in relation to the two key aspects of its work—the conduct of criminological research and the dissemination of research findings.” (-AIC)
Wai-Yin Wan, Don Weatherburn, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2016
Assesses the long-term risk that someone charged with a violent offence will commit another violent offence, and what factors influence the likelihood of desistance.
Domestic Violence
Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2016
 “The purpose of part two is to illustrate the multiplicity of perpetrator interventions beyond men’s behaviour change programs, and specifically, legal interventions by agencies such as police, justice and corrections….Part two also identifies points of contact between a perpetrator and the system as he moves through various interventions—including, importantly, where the system may lose sight of the perpetrator.” (-ANROWS)
Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2016
In a discussion with Dr Zuleyka Zevallos, ANROWS Director Evidence to Action, Professor Jan Breckenridge, talks about how various jurisdictions around Australia implement Safe at Home programs.
Jude McCulloch, JaneMaree Maher, Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Marie Segrave, James Roffee, Monash University, 2016
“Overall, this Review found that the CRAF has worked effectively to build shared understanding of, and responsibility for, risk assessment of intimate partner violence as the most prevalent form of family violence.” (-Monash Univ.)
Natasha Cortis, Jane Bullen, Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2016
This report reinforces how domestic violence contributes to financial stress among Australian women.
Francis Markham, Bruce Doran, Martin Young, The Conversation, 21 October 2016
A recent research article suggests a link between the number of poker machines in an area and levels of domestic violence. [Access to the full research article here requires purchase.]
Suzanne Poynton, Efty Stavrou, Neil Marott, Jackie Fitzgerald, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2016
Estimates the proportion of ADVOs breached and identifies factors associated with a breach of a final order.
IPSOS Australia, Plan International, Our Watch, 2016
This report presents findings of a survey that explored young women’s experiences and perceptions on gender equality, safety and sexual health rights.
Marie Segrave, New Matilda, 2016
A bill introduced by the Turnbull Government to make families coming to Australia safer could have the reverse effect.
Luke's Place Support and Resource Centre (Canada), 2016
“Women who have left abusive partners need and deserve a legal system that is able to adequately assess and address the violence they have experienced in its decision-making about child custody and access. Outcomes of family court decisions about custody and access should contribute to the safety of women and children, not detract from it.” (-Luke’s Place)
Jeanne Hoeft IN Sacred Spaces: The E-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, 2016, vol. 8, pages 48-74.
“This article seeks to raise awareness of intimate partner violence and abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) relationships, to ...inform pastoral counselors and the church.” (-J. Hoeft)
Making the links between domestic violence and child safeguarding: An evidence-based pilot training for general practice
E. Szilassy, J. Drinkwater, M. Hesteer, N. Stanley, & G. Feder IN Health and Social Care,2016 [early view].
“We describe the development of an evidence-based training intervention on domestic violence and child safeguarding for general practice teams.” ( E. Szilassy et al.)
E. Waters, C. Jindasurat & C.Wolf, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (U.S.), 2016
“This report reflects the ever present realities of violence against LGBTQ people in the United States amidst steps forward, and backward, for social change.” (-NCAVP)
J. Marsh IN .Trauma Psychology News, Summer 2016.
“Programs that help survivors cope with anxiety symptoms at the workplace and overcome depression through employment are warranted and could contribute to survivors’ economic empowerment.” (-J. Marsh)
Heather Nancarrow, Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2016
“Women are the fastest growing population in prison, in Australian and internationally, and research consistently shows that the majority of women in prison are victim/survivors of domestic, family and/or sexual violence? For some women, their incarceration is the direct result of coercive controlling male violence.” (-ANROWS)
Vigurs, C., Wire, J., Myhill, A., & Gough, D. , College of Policing (UK), 2016
Key findings include: there is a lack of evidence relating to actions police officers should take when attending a domestic abuse incident, and there is a lack of evaluative evidence in relation to alternatives to arrest. One study found that police attendance in and of itself may be effective in reducing victimisation. Arrest also appears to result in modest reductions in revictimisation, and there is evidence that the use of technology may help to secure more convictions for domestic abuse.
Drugs – see also Crime Prevention
Julia Quilter, Luke McNamara, Kate Seear, Robin Room IN UNSW Law Journal, 2016
This article analyses federal, state and territory legislative provisions that attach significance to intoxication in a ‘criminal law’ context.
Susan Goldsmid, Matthew Willis, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2016
This paper examines their engagement in acquisitive crime, and perceived motivations for methamphetamine-driven crime, in a sample of Australian police detainees.
Claire Wilkinson, Michael Livingston, Robin Room IN Public Health Research & Practice, 2016
This paper outlines a systematic review of the literature to examine recent (2005–2015) research about the impact of changing the hours of sale of alcohol on alcohol-related harms. 
Government of Victoria, 2016
“The Access to Justice Review seeks to build on the Productivity Commission’s 2014 Inquiry Report on Access to Justice Arrangements, and to identify practical steps that could be taken by the Victorian Government to improve access to justice.” (-Govt. of Vic.)
Australian Law Reform Commission, 2016
Suzanne Poynton, Katherine Paterson, Don Weatherburn, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2016
These early results suggest that the Rolling List Court model is a promising one.
Anne-Marie McAlinden and Bronwyn Naylor IN Sydney Law Review, 2016
Drawing on the examples of Australia and Northern Ireland as two jurisdictions with a recent and ongoing history of statutory inquiries into institutional child abuse, this article utilises the restorative justice paradigm to critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of the inquiry framework in providing ‘justice’ for victims.
Jennifer Burn, Fiona McLeod, Nicola Knackstredt, Anti-Slavery Australia, Law Council of Australia, 2016
The purpose of this Report is to set out the proposal to establish a national compensation scheme for survivors of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices.
South Australian Commissioner For Victims’ Rights, 2016
This booklet “covers essential information that has been guided by candid stories of people who have endured the journey of a loved one gone missing.” (-The Commissioner)
Measuring Crime
Paul Sutherland, Melanie Millsteed, Crime Statistics Agency, 2016
“The analysis identified four trajectory groups: ‘low’, ‘adolescent limited’, ‘late developing’ and ‘high’, with the vast majority of offenders falling into the low group. Risk factors for inclusion in one of the three higher rate trajectory groups included being male, identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and living in one of the most socio-economically disadvantaged areas.” (-CSA)
Carol Ey, Parliamentary Library (Australia), 2016
This is a short guide for non-statisticians about what questions to ask when presented with statistical information, in order to assess  the reliability of that information.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – see also Child Protection
Dr Antonia Quadara and Cathryn Hunter, Australian Institute of Family Studies, for The Royal Commission, 2016
The Royal Commission has released a discussion paper examining the growing interest in trauma-informed care and the implementation of trauma-informed approaches to support survivors of trauma, including survivors of child sexual abuse.
The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney on 20 October, 2016, to inquire into the response to children with problematic or harmful sexual behaviours in schools.
Keith Kaufman and Marcus Erooga for The Royal Commission, 2016
The Royal Commission has released a literature review examining international evidence of risk and protective factors for child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.
Michael Proeve, Catia Malvaso, Paul DelFabbro, University of Adelaide, for The Royal Commission, 2016
This research report examines available evidence regarding the characteristics, motivations and offending behaviour of child sexual abuse perpetrators in both institutional and non-institutional contexts.
New Publications in the VSS Resource Centre
A Right to be Heard: A domestic violence information booklet for the Murray Mallee Region [Booklet]
The Murray Bridge Regional Collaboration on Violence against Women and Children, 2016. Dv101
This booklet is a guide to help women and children who are in abusive situations in the Murray Mallee region. It includes myths and facts about domestic violence, staying safe strategies and key contacts for assistance.
The upward spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time [Book]
Korb, Alex, 2015.  De54
Neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the neurological processes in the brain that cause depression and offers effective ways to get better - one little step at a time.
You can borrow these books by joining the VSS Resource Centre. Read more information here
The Australian Library and Information Association advocates for a fair, open, democratic society where information belongs to everyone. They also emphasise the importance of evidence-based decisions in law, health and business, and evidence-based policy making,
Australian Library and Information Association
SAPOL has released a ‘one-stop’ mobile app providing a portal for the public to easily access important SAPOL services and information on their mobile devices including a new Track My Crime function.
In the Media (unless otherwise indicated all are ABC reports)
Guest speaker will be Hon Marcia Neave AO, Chair of the recent Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Bookings for the breakfast will open on Tuesday 4 October 2016.
25 November, 2016. Adelaide Convention Centre, SA.
White Ribbon Australia
8-10 November 2016. Melbourne, Vic.
Lowitja Institute
24-25 November 2016. Bunbury, W.A.
Waratah Support Centre
1-3 December 2016. Cairns, Qld.
Indigenous Conference Services (ICS Australia)
The first national interdisciplinary conference for those working to promote young people's wellbeing and health in education, health service, community, and youth work settings.
4-5 December 2016. Sydney, NSW.
Practical Justice Initiative, UNSW Australia and Faculty of Health, UTS, Sydney.
DV-aware session
This 1-day interactive workshop enables  individuals and groups to talk about the issue of domestic and Family violence and what they can do to help make a difference. You will gain basic knowledge and tools to guide you to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence.
7 November, 2016. Uniting Communities, 10 Pitt Street, Adelaide, SA.
Domestic violence and diversity: what we don’t know (“Research for the real world” professionals’ lectures series)
Speaker is  Associate Professor Damien W. Riggs, Flinders University, School of Social and Policy Studies.
Book by emailing by 7 November with your full name & organisation/company/government entity.
8 November 2016, 3:45pm. Flinders University Victoria Square campus, Adelaide, SA.
Flinders University
9 November 2016. Canberra, A.C.T.
Blue Knot Foundation
Supporting resilient workers: Addressing vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout
To book, contact Fiona Meade on mobile 0452 040 997 or email
16 November 2016. Nuriootpa, SA.
FIONA MEADE Counselling & Group work
Day One will include discussions on: Aboriginal justice practices; counter-colonial perspectives on justice; decolonising policing; Aboriginal people, justice and mental health; Indigenous criminology; a retrospective of state responses to Indigenous peoples. Day Two will comprise a series of Yarning Circles.
24-25 November 2016. University of Wollongong, NSW.
Forum on Indigenous Research Excellence
This program is for workers supporting women and children affected by domestic violence, who are from CALD backgrounds and who have experienced abuse, trauma and neglect.
Australian Institute of Social Relations
15 December 2016. VSS, 33 Franklin Street, Adelaide, SA.
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