News and announcements

2018

18/12/2018 - As part of the NSW Sexual Assault Strategy, the NSW Government launched the #makenodoubt campaign on 13 December 2018. The #makenodoubt campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of seeking consent and to spark a wider discussion about consent. More information and a video featuring a diverse range of people speaking honestly about how they negotiate sexual consent is also available on the Women NSW website.

22/11/2018 - NSW Police have launched their ADVO Compliance Check CSA. This was shown on Channel 9 news and is on NSW Police’s Facebook page.

22/11/2018 - As part of the forensic mental health reforms, NSW Parliament recently passed the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Amendment (Victims) Bill 2018. A new Specialist Victims Support Service (SVSS) will be established in Victims Services, Department of Justice. The new service will establish and operate the Specialist Victims Register for victims of forensic patients found unfit at a special hearing or not guilty by reason of mental illness. There will be a period of transition moving from the existing Forensic Patient Victims Register run by the Mental Health Review Tribunal to the Specialist Victims Register. During this time the Mental Health Review Tribunal will still be the main contact for registered victims. SVSS will contact registered victims in early 2019. For more information on how the forensic mental health reforms will improve victims experiences and increase their engagement with the legal process please refer to the NSW Department of Justice website.

19/11/2018 - The Law Reform Commission has released a Consultation Paper 21 - consent in relation to sexual offences. The closing date for submissions addressing this Consultation Paper is Friday, 1 February 2019. The Law Reform Commission website also contains further information on the use of submissions and confidentiality. Instead of a formal submission, you may prefer to complete abrief survey that covers the main issues raised in the Consultation Paper. Further information on the review may be found on the Law Reform Commission website

18/11/2018 - The Child Sexual Offence Evidence Pilot Final Outcome Evaluation Report completed by the Social Policy Research Centre and the Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School, outlines the findings of the evaluation and presents an assessment of the impact and effectiveness of the special measures introduced by the Pilot. The report also makes recommendations for future development. The full report can be viewed here.

24/09/2018 - The 2017/18 Victims Services Data profiles are now available.

24/09/2018 - Redress Support Services Funding Round - The Australian Government is inviting applications to apply to deliver services under the Families and Communities Program – Families and Children Activity – Redress Scheme – Redress Support Services across Australia from 1 March 2019 to 30 June 2021.

24/09/2018 - National Apology for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse - On 22 October 2018, Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, will issue a National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse at Parliament House in Canberra. The Apology will also be televised live throughout Australia.

13/09/2018 - Victims Services will be closed on Friday 14 September 2019 from 1pm to allow staff to attend an all staff event.  We will be open again on Monday morning at 8.00am.  You can leave messages and calls will be returned on Monday as soon as possible.

07/09/2018 - Filmed by the ABC in conjunction with Wattle Place and Relationships Australia NSW, The Survivors tells the stories of three most incredible people; Trish Charter, Wayne Isles and Ray Leary. The Survivors will screen on ABC Compass, Channel 2, 6:00pm Saturday 8 September 2018. You can watch a trailer to The Survivors here.

20/07/2018 - Due to a system upgrade, the Victims Access Line and Aboriginal Contact Line will close early at 5.30pm today, Friday 20 July 2018.   Normal hours of 8am to 6pm will resume on Monday 23 July 2018.

01/07/2018The National Redress Scheme commenced on 1 July 2018 and will provide people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse with a monetary payment, counselling and direct personal responses from institutions. For more information about the National Redress Scheme, visit www.nationalredress.gov.au  or call the National Redress Scheme Information Line on 1800 737 377.