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Welcome to Crime Victim enews for November/December 2018.


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VSS Annual report

Annual Report 2017-18
The Victim Support Service Annual Report for 2017-18 is now available to view or download


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018
This in-brief report presents key findings about Indigenous people aged 10–24 on health and wellbeing outcomes, social and economic determinants of health, health risk factors, and health service use.
Erin Carlisle, J. Fildes, D. Liyanarachchi, B. Perrens, J. Plummer, Mission Australia, 2018
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Report draws on the findings of our Youth Survey 2017. The survey captured the views, concerns, experiences and aspirations of 24,055 young people, 1,265 of whom identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
Anna Cerreto, Koorie Youth Council, 2018
The Ngaga-dji project voices the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Victoria’s youth justice system.
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia) and Deloitte Access Economics, 2018
In 2017, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake an independent review of the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (the Royal Commission).


Child Protection (see also Royal Commission)

Freyana Irani, Amy Lamoin and Krista Lee-Jones, Australian Child Rights Taskforce, 2018
In this integrated report, the views of children and young people across Australia sit close to the contributions of non-government organisations and subject matter experts committed to improving the protection, promotion and fulfilment of the rights of all children and young people in Australia.
Australian Childhood Foundation, 2018
"The Centre will bring together in one place a range of ways that organisations can work in partnership with us to shape and strengthen their models of practice with children, young people, families and their communities."
ANROWS, 2018
Health services are uniquely positioned to respond to women and children experiencing violence. This research has found that electronic alerts on patients’ health records may improve responses to children and pregnant women at risk of violence, abuse or neglect.
Youth Action, 2018
Understanding how issues affect young people starts with listening to them and hearing their perspectives. This report provides direct quotes from young people on issues that impact on them.
Sara McLean, Child Family Community Australia, 2018
Therapeutic residential care is for young people who are unable to be placed in family-based care. This paper provides an update on developments in therapeutic residential care, discusses the implications of these developments, and touches on further issues and dilemmas.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018
This report presents information on people aged 10–17 who were in the child protection system and under youth justice supervision from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017.
Kate Tillack, Tanya Raineri, Alex Cahill and Joseph J. McDowall, CREATE Foundation, 2018.
This report presents findings from interviews with 148 young people who have been in out-of-home care and had contact with the youth justice system, either as an offender, because they had been reported as missing or as a victim of crime. It recommends adopting a trauma-informed approach within the justice system, as well as improving case-management and support for young people.

Crime and Justice

For the latest crime and justice facts and figures, visit Crime Statistics Australia

Australian Human Rights Commission, 2018
Since 2015, race has dominated headlines and driven public debates in a way that many would not have anticipated when the National Anti-Racism Strategy was last evaluated. Globally, the rise of anti-immigrant populism has fuelled racism. Australia has not been immune. While our multicultural consensus remains strong, it has been challenged.
Russell G. Smith, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
This report estimates the cost of serious and organised crime in Australia in 2016–17 to be between $23.8b and $47.4b. It updates the Australian Crime Commission’s estimates for 2013–14.
Maria Nawaz, Anna Cody and Emma Golledge, Kingsford Legal Centre, 2018
This report explores the experiences of vulnerable people making complaints under NSW and Commonwealth discrimination law, and details recommended best practice for conciliation processes to ensure people who are disadvantaged are able to access dispute resolution processes equitably.
Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018
Information and data from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s Illicit Drug Data Report is now available on the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Crime Statistics Australia website—an interactive gateway to statistics and information on Australian crime and justice issues.


Domestic Violence

View the latest ANROWS research on domestic violence here

Karen Freeman, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2018
This study of domestic violence perpetrated by juveniles has found that in the majority of cases the victim is a family member, typically the parent of the offender.
ANROWS, 2018
This guide is a resource for community and health workers, clinicians, policy-makers and others. It is designed to help them evaluate interventions related to violence against women, so they can use the findings to improve services, secure funding and acknowledge the quality of work delivered by practitioners.
K. Fitz-Gibbon, K. Elliott and J. Maher, Monash Gender and Family Violence Research Program, 2018
The voices and experiences of those affected by this complex and distinct form of family violence offer vital insights into the risks faced by victims and affected families.
ANROWS, 2018
This is a quick reference resource for community and health workers, policy-makers and others.  It summarises the eight key steps detailed in the more indepth “Guide to evaluating interventions”.
Department of Social Services (Australia), 2018
This plan is intended to provide a coordinated approach to reducing violence against women and their children, through collaboration with all Australian jurisdictions.
ANROWS, 2018.
The purpose of these principles is to guide professionals toward a common language and shared understanding of risk and safety that can be incorporated into frameworks that underpin multi-agency or integrated service system responses. 
Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, 2018
This summary outlines the major issues identified in the ANROWS research relevant to children, the factors preventing effective service delivery and recommended policy and practice changes.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission has released its final report. View past information about the Commission here

VSS & the National Redress Scheme for Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
The National Redress Scheme opened on 1 July 2018 and Victim Support Service is delighted that the Department of Social Services has extended our funding for our Royal Commission Support Service for six months, until 31 December 2018, to enable us to support survivors to apply to the scheme. 
The South Australian Parliament has now passed the relevant legislation enabling its own participation in the scheme, as well as non-government organisations operating in SA.  Work is now underway to enable applications to be processed. 
In the meantime, survivors can begin the application process. This can be done directly by lodging an application on line with the National Redress Scheme or calling 1800 737 377 to request a hardcopy application form. 

The Australian Government does recognise that this may be a daunting process for many survivors, not only in terms of the paperwork to be completed but also in triggering past trauma, hence extending the funding of existing support services.  They will also be offering funding for services to support survivors past this year. 
We encourage survivors to contact us on 1800 842 846 to find out more.

Victims of crime

QCDFVR, 2018
This website links to a number of webinars conducted by the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research. The most recent webinar was presented by Mark Webb on Sexual assault: myths and misconceptions, which examines:
•        Myths and Misconceptions about sexual assault including “victim blaming” and false reporting
•        How myths and misconceptions impact our beliefs, response, investigations, pursuit of justice
•        How to overcome these barriers
The Men's Project and Michael Flood, Jesuit Social Services, 2018
This study by Jesuit Social Services’ The Men’s Project, involving 1,000 men aged 18 to 30 has shown that young men who comply with society’s pressures to be a ‘real man’ report poorer mental health, are twice as likely to consider suicide, more likely to commit acts of sexual harassment and experience and perform acts of violence and bullying.
Gill Matthewson, Pamela Salen, Isabella Webb and Sophie Tanner, Plan International, 2018
By amplifying girls’ voices and giving them a platform to call out harassment, Plan International hopes this report will provide government and policy makers with a mandate to listen and take action, while enabling girls to have a say in the change they want to see.
Trauma-informed care
J.D. Bartlett [and 8 others] IN Children & Youth Services Review. Jan2018, Vol. 84, p110-117.
“The current study findings add to a growing body of literature that strongly suggests the need for trauma-focused policies and practices, such as trauma screening upon entry into child welfare, and funding to support a trauma-informed child welfare and mental health services. Such steps will be essential to building responsive service systems that promote healing and recovery in this highly vulnerable population.” (-the authors)

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



United Nations 16 Days of Activism
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The time for change is here and now.  This year’s theme is: “Leave No One Behind – End Violence against Women


5-7 December 2018. Adelaide, SA.
KWY Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services.
This year's event will be themed 'Transform' and will focus on providing not-for-profits with the advice, tools, capabilities and inspiration they need to transform to have the greatest impact possible.
8-10 May 2019. Melbourne, VIC.
Connecting Up


Family Drug Support Online
This website is designed to provide support for families and friends of people using drugs and alcohol – to help them become more resilient and better able to cope on their journey with the user.
Blue Knot Foundation – Calendar of Events (training) -
upcoming training includes:
Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Level 2)
This two-day interactive professional development training presents the three-phased approach for working ‘bottom up and top down’ with clients who have complex trauma histories. It assumes foundational knowledge around complex trauma, trauma-informed practice, attachment theory and affective neuroscience, and builds on it. Register here
11 December 2018. Adelaide, S.A.
Blue Knot Foundation
TATRA Training – view upcoming workshops
these include:
Presenter: Hanna Nowicki. The aim of this seminar is to provide more insight into the complex world of Personality Disorders and equip the participants with more strategies for dealing effectively with challenging behaviours displayed by Personality Disordered clients. Cost $255 including GST.  Register here
25 February 2019. Glenelg, S.A.
TATRA Training

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