Armed Robbery – Ardeer Petrol Station

At around 2:00 am on Wednesday 3 August 2011 a young adult male entered the Shell Service Station and approached the front counter and asked to purchase cigarettes and when the attendant asked for identification the offender produced a gun threatening the attendant and demanded cigarettes. Such armed robberies are not uncommon and more consideration needs to…

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Long Term Gains after CBT for PTSD in Sexual Assault Victims

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been shown to be effectively treated using Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  A recent study has now shown that such improvements obtained via CBT can last years.  The study followed up 126 female sexual assault victims five to ten years post treatment with either Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE).…

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Domestic Violence: National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey (2011)

This survey looked at the impact of domestic violence at work and provides evidence of the prevalence of domestic violence as it affects the Australian workforce. Key Findings: 3,600 individuals responded to the survey, 81% were women in fulltime employment and 64 were aged 45 and older. 30% of respondents had personally experienced domestic violence.…

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Victims of Crime – Simple Relaxation Techniques to Help Manage Stress

Five simple relaxation techniques to help control stress throughout the day: Deep breathing: breathe in deeply through your nose as much as possible and hold for a few seconds and then exhale slowly through your mouth four to five breaths at a time. Active relaxation: tense, hold and then relax various muscle groups in your…

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Victims Support Agency – Effectiveness of Victims of Crime Programs in Victoria

A recent $250,000.00 public funded audit by the Victoria Auditor-General’s Department found that the Victims Support Agency (VSA) has been unable to show that it has met any of its target gaols over the past two years. Furthermore, the same report has indicated that while the objective of the system is to provide immediate support…

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