Dear Friends of VSS

Welcome to Crime Victim enews for November/December 2017.

I am delighted to announce that commencing in November 2017 the Zahra Foundation Australia will be piloting the provision of an outreach specialist financial counselling service at our VSS, Franklin Street office.

The Zahra Foundation Australia was officially launched in Adelaide in September 2015.  The Foundation aims “to assist South Australian women and children affected by domestic and family violence, empowering them and providing pathways towards economic independence” (Zahra Foundation Mission Statement).

The financial counselling service is a free and confidential service available for women affected by domestic and family violence.  Women do not need to be in a financial crisis to access the service.  Services can be as simple as a review of finances, help to find ways to save money or support to create a family budget. 

Financial counselling services are by appointment only.  So, please call the Zahra Foundation Office to make a booking on 08 8352 1889.

On behalf of the VSS staff, volunteers and Board Members I would like to wish our E-News readers a safe and peaceful festive season.

Kind regards,

Jodie Sloan
Acting Chief Executive
Victim Support Service


Victim Support Service -  Events

Port Pirie Domestic Violence Action Group will be raising awareness of domestic violence and White Ribbon Day at Wirrabara Producers Market on Sunday 19th November. 

Port Pirie Domestic Violence Action Group will be holding a White Ribbon Day Breakfast at Café Safai, Port Pirie, on Friday 24th November. Guest Speakers will be Petria Ladgrove and Patrick Martin from the ABC’s Port Pirie office and Superintendent Damian Powell from SAPOL. Inquiries - please contact Ros Mayfield, SA Health on 8638 4655 by 17th November. 

IBlinded by the white: a comparative analysis of jury challenges on racial grounds

Thalia Anthony, Craig Longman IN International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 2016
This article explores cases in which Australian Indigenous defendants have perceived that an all-white jury’s prejudice against Indigenous people would prevent them receiving a fair trial, and draws comparisons with the United States and Canada.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2017
This comprehensive report provides an authoritative overview of the well-being of Australians, including a section (chapter 7) which specifically addresses issues affecting indigenous Australians.


Child Protection (see also Royal Commission)

Child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church: an interpretive review of the literature and public inquiry reports
Desmond Cahill and Peter J. Wilkinson, Centre for Global Research (RMIT) 2017
This research reviews the literature concerning child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia and elsewhere, including 26 key international and Australian inquiry reports.
Child Family Community Australia, NAPCAN, and Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2017
Produced in partnership with NAPCAN, this resource provides an overview of prevention of child abuse and neglect, with a focus on primary prevention.
Kenny, D.T. IN Judicial Officers Bulletin, 29(8), 67-70, 2017.
This article examines how institutional characteristics have enabled the institutional sexual abuse of children, drawing on the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, 2017
This publication outlines children's views of the NT child protection system, using their own words. “Some readers may find these stories difficult and challenging.” (-The Commission)

Crime and Justice


Australian Cyber Security Centre, 2017
This report looks at how the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) works and highlights some of the ways in which they have proactively and reactively responded to cyber threats.
Elena Campbell, Centre for Innovative Justice, 2017
This report calls for a conversation about gambling and contact with the criminal justice system.
Alice Petrie, Parliamentary Library and Information Service (Vic), 2017
An overview of the Victorian Protective Data Security Framework and its role in protecting information held by Victorian government agencies, as well as a background on global and domestic developments.
Karen Struthers, Clare Tilbury, Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2017.
In 2016, not-for-profit agency YFS partnered with Griffith University to conduct an evaluation of the youth participation model. The Youth Ambassadors and 10 adult stakeholders interviewed as part of this process reported that the model is: Building the skills and confidence of the Youth Ambassadors as peer educators, and, Reaching a wide range of young people with information about domestic violence, respectful relationships, and where young people can go for help.
24Legal is a new Legal Services Commission website that helps South Australians access legal information at any hour of the day or night. It can be particularly helpful for people who need assistance with a legal matter outside business hours.
Legal Services Commission
Crime Statistics Agency (Vic), 2017
This study examines the characteristics that impact on a young person receiving a caution as opposed to a charge from police and the impact this has on reoffending within a twelve month follow up period.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, 2017
This is the first of two audits to assess Victoria Police’s progress towards building a safer, more respectful organisation. This audit sought to assess Victoria Police’s progress towards implementing the twenty recommendations contained in the previous Phase 1 report, released in December 2015.
Heather Anderson and Charlotte Bedford, University of South Australia, 2017.
The Mobilong prison radio pilot was an action research community project that involved a series of radio production workshops with a group of prisoners, and culminated in a CD to be used to assist new prisoners through their induction at the prison.
Vicki Sentas and Camilla Pandolfini, Youth Justice Coalition NSW, 2017
This research found that young people on the Suspect Targeting Management Plan (SMTP) experience inappropriate forms of over-policing, disproportionate to the future risks they are alleged to pose to society.

Domestic Violence

View the latest ANROWS research on domestic violence at
All domestic violence orders (AVOs/DVOs/Intervention/Restraining Orders) issued from 25 November 2017 will be nationally recognised.  This includes temporary/interim and final orders.
Police and courts will be required to enforce a domestic violence order regardless of the state or territory that issued the original order. Courts will also have the power to vary or revoke any nationally recognised order.
  • Please note however - Intervention orders in place prior to 25th will still only be valid under SA Legislation, but victims can apply to the court for this to be changed to a National Intervention Order.
This new legislation takes effect on 25 November 2017.
Office of the eSafety Commissioner (Australia), 2017
This website allows victims to report instances of image-based abuse and gives them access to immediate and tangible support that has previously been unavailable.
Intimidation, consent and the role of holistic judgements in Australian rape law
Crowe, J., & Sveinsson, L. IN University of Western Australia law review, 42, 136-154, 2017.
Szalacha, L.A., Hughes, T.L., McNair, R., & Loxton, D. IN  BMC Women's Health, 17(94), 2017.
This study examined the relationships among experiences of interpersonal violence, mental health, and
sexual identity in a national sample of young adult women in Australia.

Seeking help for domestic violence: Exploring rural women's coping experiences
ANROWS, 2017
This study engaged with five different types of social and geographical locations at sites in South Australia and Western Australia. It explores how isolation affects different women’s abilities to seek assistance and cope with experiences of domestic violence.
Phoebe Ellis, Community Centres SA, 2016.
“This booklet has been developed for Community Centres to use as a non-comprehensive guide to South Australia’s Domestic Violence Crisis services and to educate staff and volunteers about the multifaceted nature of Domestic Violence.” (-CCSA)
Marie Segrave, School of Social Sciences (Monash), 2017
A comprehensive review of family violence cases managed by inTouch that involve women (victims) who have or are experiencing family violence, whose migration status is temporary.


Elder Abuse

Final Report of the Joint Committee on Matters Relating to Elder Abuse
[This link downloads an electronic copy of the report]
This report recommends comprehensive action to stop abuse of older South Australians.

Understanding elder abuse: A scoping study
Joosten, M., Vrantsidis, F. & Dow, B., National Ageing Research Institute, 2017.
This scoping study reviews the published literature on elder abuse with specific focus on intergenerational elder abuse, and the evidence supporting interventions to address this abuse.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

View all recent news from the Royal Commission here

Supplementary Report of Brisbane Grammar and St Paul’s School 
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2017.
This Supplementary Report to Case Study 34 follows an anonymous tip that helped reveal that former teacher Kevin Lynch was convicted of sexual offences in NSW before he began teaching in two schools in Queensland. The evidence adds further weight to the Royal Commission’s recommendations for a nationally consistent scheme of Working With Children Checks.


Victims of crime

Phoenix Australia, 2017.
 “This section contains information about how people react to and recover from trauma. You can find out how to help yourself or support someone else (including children) after trauma. …There are downloadable fact sheets and other resources.” (-Phoenix Australia)
Jane Macnaught, Blue Knot Foundation, 2017
This feature article reflects on how to stay within our Window of Tolerance when we are overwhelmed with feelings of distress or anger.


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

Domestic violence: Video evidence and tougher penalties among SA Government initiatives
ABC News report

Forgotten victims of domestic violence
News Limited online article

Recorder journalist named Victims Worker of the Year
The Recorder newspaper article



Memorial services are held for those bereaved by suicide to enable them to come together in a spirit of comfort and hope. If you are unable to attend, you can remember a loved one lost to suicide on the Memorial wall
18 November 2017. Henley Square, Seaview Road, Henley Beach, SA.
Wesley Mission
Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast
Guest speaker Dr Michael Kaufman. Inquiries to Gillian Lewis Co-Convenor, email Register here
6:45am, 24 November 2017. Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, SA.
South Australia White Ribbon Breakfast Committee
25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day. Various events will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia.
25 November 2017. Various locations, SA.
White Ribbon Australia



The conference aims to provide a platform for a unified national voice on ending domestic violence.
4-5 December, 2017. Melbourne, Vic.
Stop Domestic Violence Conference Australia Committee
Celebrating 50 years of ANZSOC, the 2017 conference theme is ‘Acknowledging the past, imagining the future.’ View the Conference program
5–8 December 2017.  Canberra, A.C.T.
Australian Institute of Criminology, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.



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. Cost: $220 per person (includes lunch and refreshments). To book: contact FIONA MEADE Counselling & Groupwork on phone 0452 040 997 or email
13 December, 2017. Adelaide Hills, SA.
Fiona Meade Counselling & Group work
Wesley LifeForce training equips participants with a variety of skills such as managing suicidal crisis, understanding risk and protective factors, as well as how to recognise potential warning signs. 
13 December 2017. West Beach, SA.
Wesley LifeForce
It is irrefutable that Mindfulness breeds resilience.  But how exactly can you help your client let go of stress, worry, anger, suffering, and need for approval?
21 March 2018. Adelaide, SA.
TATRA Training
DV-Alert is holding training sessions across Australia on responding to domestic violence, including responding to violence in culturally and linguistically diverse communities, workshops for settlement services, and sessions for health and community workers supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
2017-2018. Various dates and places.

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