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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Aggravated Burglary – Preston

On the 20-02-14 at around 5.40 pm a gang of armed intruders forced their way into a Preston home and physically assaulted the three occupants. One occupant, a fifty-seven-year-old male, sustained serious injuries and was treated in hospital. Police have since charged a thirty-four-year-old male over the incident. Earlier that same day a fifty-year-old woman…

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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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Victims of Crime Compensation – South Australia

The Liberal Party in South Australia has promised a twelve million dollar boost to victims’ of crime services if elected. These services include: Increasing the maximum payments under the Victims of Crime Compensation scheme to $100,000.00. Increasing the maximum payable for grief to $20,000.00 and funeral expenses to $14,000.00. Increasing the amount paid to lawyers working…

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Domestic Violence – Funding

Funding to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, which is often used to find housing for victims of domestic violence, expires on the 30-06-14. Fiona McCormack, chief executive of Domestic Violence Victoria, said the majority of family violence services were funded through the housing and homelessness budgets. She said that “family violence in Victoria accounts…

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