Issues of Public Corruption

Dear readers, Victims of Crime Compensation & Counselling Services (VOCCS) has previously indicated that they would be tackling issues of ‘public corruption’ related to victims of crime services in Victoria during 2014. VOCCS would like to announce that they are making significant progress in respect to such and intend to make a comprehensive public announcement…

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Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based trauma-focussed psychological therapy to help individuals recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. CPT conceptualises PTSD as a failure to recover in which erroneous beliefs about traumatic events, as well as the use of avoidance as an unhelpful coping strategy, serve to prevent accurate processing…

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Homelessness & Trauma

Recent research indicates that people experiencing homelessness had experienced an average of twenty-one traumatic events compared to just two for the general population. Issues relating to homelessness need to be considered when supporting victims of trauma. “Trauma-informed Care” is an understanding of how trauma impacts on someone and what that means for support workers who…

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Some Common Initial Reactions to Severe Trauma

Reactions to a trauma may include: Feeling hopeless about the future Feeling detached or unconcerned about others Having trouble concentrating or making decisions Feeling jumpy and getting startled easily at sudden noises Feeling on guard and constantly alert Having disturbing dreams and memories or flashbacks Having work or school problems You may also experience more…

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Assaults Increase in Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melton & Dandenong

Victoria Police crime statistics show assaults, excluding family violence, increased by 27% from 419 offences in 2012 to 533 in 2013 in Maribyrnong. Police Inspector Long said that ‘many of the non-family violence assaults occur between people known to each other and often as a result of excessive alcohol consumption or drug use’. Last year the Maroondah…

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Assaults Increase in North-East Victoria

Assaults in the Goulburn Valley and Wodonga regions have increased last year by more than 15% according to 2013 Victoria Police figures. Increases in the Goulburn Valley were driven mainly by family violence, with Wangaratta also recording a jump in domestic assaults. According to Tony Davis, Wodonga based Police Inspector, more than 30% of those…

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