Below is a listing of psychologists by state and postcode working with victims of crime:
Catherine Lally, M-Pact Psychology, 102/4 Bank Place Melbourne 3000 Ph 1300 784184
Emma Foy, Positive Living Psychology, Suite 1, 314-360 Childs Road Mill Park VIC 3082 Ph (03) 9437 7951
Jeannet Weijers, Urban Psychologists, 24 LaTrobe Terace Padington 4064 Ph 0412 246 144
If you are a psychologist or other professional working with victims of crime and wish to be listed on our website please contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Victorian Community Lawyers: South Melbourne: 9690 9144; Moreland: 9383 2588; Monash: 9545 7400; Box Hill: 9285 4822; Frankston: 9783-3600; Geelong: 1300 430599
If you are a lawyer and working with victims of crime and wish to be listed on our website please contact us by email at: email@example.com
Victims of crime may suffer from a variety of psychological injuries following criminal trauma including:
- Acute Stress Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Adjustment Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Personality Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Social Phobia
- Complicated Grief Disorder
Together with functional impairment including:
Interpersonal, social, vocational, educational and recreational impairment.
Together with comorbidities including:
- Cardiovascular Problems
- Gastrointenstinal Difficulties
- Musculoskeletal Issues
- Dermatological Problems
Victims of Crime quick questionnaire:
1. Have you avoided being reminded of the experience by staying away from certain places, people and activities?
2. Have you lost interest in activities that were once important or enjoyable?
3. Have you felt more distant or isolated from other people?
4. Have you found it harder to feel love or affection for other people?
5. Have you felt that there is no point planning for the future?
6. Have you had more trouble than usual with sleep?
7. Have you become jumpy or easily startled by ordinary noise or movements?
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your experience please contact us.
Treatment for victims of crime may involve the provision of the following:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Exposure Therapy
- Stress Innoculation Training
- Cognitive Processing Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Psychological First Aid
- Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
Recovery from the trauma of being a victim of crime involves the confrontation of the trauma in such a way that promotes learning how to cope with the psychological sequelae and fostering resilience.
Victims of crime need to be encouraged and taught how to:
1. Confront the memory of the traumatic experience.
2. Confront situations, people or places that they have been avoiding.
3. Identify, challenge and modify any distorted beliefs resulting from the traumatic incident.
Victims of Crime who are having difficulties dealing with their experience should contact Victims of Crime Compensation & Counselling Services on (03) 9415 9492.
Other Support Services Provided by VOCCS:
Provide links to other victim support groups, such as VOCAL and PALS.
Direct victims of crime to other relevant services, such as DVCS.
FREE PERSONAL ALARM
If you have been the victim of crime, such as a physical assault, and have made a police statement please bring this statement to our offices at 163 Victoria Parade Fitzroy and receive a Free Personal Alarm. This is a community service initiative by Victims of Crime Counselling and Compensation Services to assist victims to recover from the effect of crime.
Volunteers wanted to support and assist victims of crime. Individuals who have experienced crime and understand its impact and who are prepared to share their experiences and insights in supporting others would be most preferred. The Sister Support Program is a specific initiative for female victims of domestic violence to seek support from another female. Volunteers should be aged over eighteen years and will require to have a police check.
EMERGENCY HOUSING WANTED
Safe emergency accommodation wanted for victims of crime. If you have a spare room in your home or an unused holiday or farm house, and would like to make such available to victims of crime, such as victims of domestic violence, please advise. Providers of housing should be aged over eighteen years and will require to have a police check. Also, if you are able to provide short term care for the pets of victims kindly advise.
Unwanted mobile phones may be left at our office which will be made available to victims of Domestic Violence . Victims of Domestic Violence can collect mobile phones from our office upon providing a police statement.
Donations can be made to:
Crime Victims Support Association (Noel McNamara). Crime Victims Support Association is a registered charity.
Victims of Crime Assistance League (VOCAL). VOCAL is a Not-for-Profit Organization.
VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENTS
If you would like information about completing a Vctims Impact Statement please contact us.
Other services that can help:
Urgent police assistance call 000. Office of Police Integrity: 1800 818 387. Police Ombudsman: 1800 806 314. Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000. Neighbourhood Watch: 9247 6666. Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Units – SOCAU: 9611 8800. Centres Against Sexual Assault – CASA: 1800 806292. Domestic Violence Victoria: 1800 015188. Domestic Violence Resource Centre: 1800 737732. WIRE: 1300 134130. Kids Helpline: 1800 551800. Crime Victims Support Association (Noel McNamara) 9758 4512. Victims of Crime Advocacy League -VOCAL: 9259 4306 or 0409 683 537 or 0433 770 676 . Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal – VOCAT: 9628 7777. Broken Rights: 9457 4999. Victims Register: 8684 6700. Attorney General Victoria: 8684 1101. Legal Services Commissioner: 9679 8001. Beyondblue: 1300 224636. Suicide Helpline Victoria: 1300 651 251. Lifeline: 131114. Road Trauma helpline: 1300 367797. Working Against Culpable Driving WACD: 9444 1736. Grief Line: 9935 7400. Department of Justice: 8684 0000. Department of Public Prosecutions – DPP: 9605 4333. The Youth Referral and Independent Persons Program: 9340 3777. Partnerspeak: 0468321357. Violence Against Women and Children Strategy Group: 9611 8800. SNAP Australia (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests): 0422 538 440. International Student Care Service: 1800 056 449. Grief Line: 1300 554 786. Nurse on Call: 1300 606024. Lighthouse Foundation: 9093 7500. Senior Rights Victoria: 1300 368821. Alcoholics Anonymous: 1300 222222. Gambling Helpline: 1300 308699. Victims of Abortion: 9887 7669. Salvation Army: 1300 782 200. Victorian Homicide Victims Support Group: 9662 1368. Bravehearts: 1800 272831. Supportlink: 6243 3663. Australian Psychological Society: 8662 3300. Disability & Family Violence Initiative: 9843 6304. Coronial Services Centre 1300 309 519. Road Trauma Support Services Victoria 1300 367 797. Aboriginal Family Violence 1800 105 303. Children’s Protection Society 9450 0900. Frontyard Youth Services 9611 2411. Statewide Housing Assistance 1800 825 955. Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention 1800 105 303. Victims’ Charter & Complaints 1800118728. The Law Handbook. The Australian Institute of Criminology – Victims of Crime. Victims of Crime Clearinghouse. Youth Central – Victims of Crime. Victims of Crime Policy. Victims of Crime Act.
Other Private Treatment Providers
Below is a list of other professionals & organizations experienced in working with victims of crime:
Baxter Medical & Dental Centre, 57 Baxter-Tooradin Rd, BAXTER VIC 3911, Ph: (03) 5971 5606
Hadfield Dental Group 15 Geum Street Glenroy Melbourne Ph: 03 9306 7228
Manchester Unity Dental, Dr Maurice Wolecki 409/220 Collins Street Melbourne Ph: 03 9654 8055
Dr Kiran Nayak, Dentist, 42 Beverly Hills Drive Templestowe Melbourne Ph: 03 9846 2633
Hampstead Dental Highpoint City Maribyrnong Melbourne Ph: 03 9318 5599 or Ph: 03 9317 3144
Dental Essence 2A – 82 Keilor Road Essendon Melbourne 3040 Ph: 03 9351 0999
Dr Agha, Prosthodontist, 1175 Plenty Road Bundoora Melbourne Ph: 03 8669 0504
One Smile Dental 228 Springvale Road Glen Waverley Melbourne Ph: 03 9886 7551
Fountain Gate Dental Care Unit 5 2-8 Victor Crescent Narre Warren Melbourne Ph: 03 8794 9777
Dr Camerlengo, Dentist, 19 princess Highway Werribee Melbourne Ph: 03 9741 1009
Tooronga Family Dentistry 1.02/1 Crescent Road Glen Iris Melbourne Ph: 03 9822 7006
Wendouree Dental 1023 Howitt Street Wendouree Ballarat Ph: 03 5339 3770
Malvern Endodontics 65 Wattletree Road Armadale Melbourne Ph: 03 9509 7913
Northland Dental Group 197 Southern Road Heidelberg West Melbourne Ph: 03 9455 0111
Bentleigh Bayside Community Dental Gardners Road Bentleigh East Melbourne Ph: 03 9575 5366
FirstBite Dental Practice 309 Keilor Road North Essendon Melbourne Ph: 03 93791893
New Millennium Dental 516 Centre Road Bentleigh Melbourne Ph: 03 9557 0957
Dr. Leon Strauch, Dentist, 146 Jasper Road Bentleigh Melbourne Ph: 03 9557 3144
Plenty Smiles Suite 1, 1155 Plenty Road, Bundoora Melbourne Ph: 03 9466 8103
Dr Cernavin & Associates, Dentist, 274 Main Rd East St Albans Melbourne Ph: 03 9366 2072
Devon Street Dental Clinic 11 Devon Street Croydon Melbourne Ph: 03 9725 8040
Smile Connections Dental Care 114 Waterdale Rd Ivanhoe Melbourne Ph: 03 9499 1130
Dentserve 1254 Plenty Road Bundoora Melbourne Ph: 03 9467 7760
Dentserve 119 Jukes Road Fawkner Melbourne Ph: 03 9359 5697
Dr Victor I Kiven, Periodontist, Level 12 /20 Collins Street Melbourne Ph: 03 9650 3841
Elwood Dental Group 165 Ormond Road Elwood Melbourne Ph: 9531 5135
Creative Smiles Level 1, 1155 – 1161 High Street Armadale Melbourne Ph: 1300 762 770
Sims Dental 21 Lyttleton Street Castlemaine Ph: 5472 1377
Dr Henry Rochwerger, 2 Market Street Kyneton Ph: 54221360
SELF DEFENCE LESSONS
HALLS DEFENCE: Tullamarine 9330 0032; Heidelberg West 9459 3422; Brunswick 9383 5811
Fit Express: 121 114/22-30 Wallace Avenue Point Cook Ph: 0407 848 710
IDF Training: Level 1, 105 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield
Self Defence Hub: 0415 438 694
Arakan Martial Art: Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Sydney: 1300 132311
For those living in QLD: RUBY (Rise Up, Be Yourself): a free physical fitness program for women who are, have been, or likely to be experiencing Domestic and Family Violence held weekly at a number of PCYC branches.
Eletek Electrical P/L Ph: 0405 906 720 or Ph: 0468 797 077
Eurotec Window Shutters Ph: 9354 1500
* If you are a professional or trade organization experienced in working with victims of crime & would like to be listed kindly contact us:
Victims of Crime Compensation & Counselling Services
163 Victoria Parade Fitzroy
Melbourne Victoria Australia
Ph: (03) 9415 9492 fax: (03) 9415 9256
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