Domestic Violence – Health Issues

The impacts of domestic violence for victims often include depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety disorders and other stress-related syndromes. Women who report domestic violence are more likely to experience mental illness with the risk of mental illness increasing  with multiple exposures to violence. Women who are victims of violence are more likely to have alcohol problems, to smoke and to use…

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Victims of Crime – Long Delays in Accessing Assistance

Many victims of crime are currently experiencing very long delays by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal, VOCAT, in authorizing appropriate services. Recently a client has threatened suicide following a more than five month delay by VOCAT in authorizing appropriate dental and counselling expenses. These long delays, while sometimes cannot be helped, are not only…

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Victims of Crime – Perception of Justice Survey in Victoria

Brief summary of findings: Throughout the 2007, 2008 and 2009 calendar years Victorians reported feeling safe in their neighbourhood during the day, but reported feeling less safe at night. In relation to public transport the majority of people felt ‘safe’ on public transport during the day. However, people reported feeling less safe travelling on public…

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Prevention of Victimisation against International Students Survey

A thesis is currently being completed at Griffith University regarding the Prevention of Victimisation against International Students. If you or another student you know has been ASSAULTED (kicked, punched), ROBBED or RACIALLY ABUSED (racist name calling) please help prevent this from happening by completing our quick student survey or forwarding our survey to other victims…

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Victims of Crime Services – Private versus Public Systems

There are two avenues for a victim of crime can seek assistance in Victoria, the public system and the private system. In the private system a victim can directly contact a private service provider, such as Victims of Crime Counselling & Compensation Services (VOCCS), and be seen by professionals and have their crimes compensation application…

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Victims of Crime – Post Trauma Growth

Experiences of trauma should not only consist of negative outcomes, but should provide the victim with new perceptions that can result in intensely positive changes regarding personal growth and healing.  A traumatic experience should be seen as catalyst for the development of deeper meaning and personal growth in one’s life. Consider the following post trauma:…

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Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) Capacity Building Project 2011

Author: Whittlesea Community Legal Service Discussion Paper funded by a grant from the Legal Services Board of Victoria. This Discussion Paper provides an analysis of the current legal framework for the assistance of victims of crime in Victoria with a particular focus on assistance provided by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (“VOCAT”). Some points of…

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Female Childhood Victimisation and Subsequent Victimisation

The physical and/or sexual abuse of a female child significantly increases the likelihood of victimisation in adulthood according to Australian research. Females who have experienced abuse as children are one and a half times more likely to experience violence in adulthood. The risk of sexual violence in adulthood doubles for women who were abused as…

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