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Response into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Dr Robyn Holder and Ms Suzanne Whiting - Response into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, October 2016. (PDF)

Please note the views expressed in this submission are the authors own and do not represent the views or policies of the Department of Justice, Victoria.



Dear Members and Colleagues

The Victims Support Australia Annual General Meeting for 2016 took place in Melbourne on Wednesday, 10 August 2016. Our appreciation to Victoria's Victim Support Agency for hosting this year's Annual General Meeting.

Victims Support Australia has been meeting since 1997 to discuss current and new initiatives, share knowledge and learn about programs and projects that other agencies are undertaking.

Membership is necessary in order to participate in the decision making of the Association at the AGM. A member application/renewal form for Victims Support Australia is available on the Becoming a Member webpage.

The VSA Executive looks forward to seeing you at the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Yours faithfully,

The Chairperson




VSA AGM 2016

The 2016 VSA AGM was held on Wednesday, 10th August in Melbourne.

Venue:                 Department of Justice & Regulation, Level 27, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.
Date and Time:   10 August 2016, 10am-2pm

Agenda 2016 (PDF)          Nomination Form 2016 (DOCX)         Proxy Form 2016 (DOCX)



Victimology 2018 has been announced

The 16th International Symposium on Victimology will be held in China in 2018. Visit the conference website for more information.




National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery

The VSA actively participates in the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery Senior Officials Meetings. In December 2014 the Minister for Justice launched the National Action Plan to combat Human Trafficking and Slavery 2015-2019 and the Forced Marriage Community Pack. The documents are available at and respectively.


VSA Submission to Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (June 2014)

Please refer to VSA Submission to Royal Commission on redress schemes June 2014.pdf


The National Framework of Rights and Services to Victims of Crime 2013-2016

The National Framework of Rights and Services to Victims of Crime(PDF 425KB) has been developed by the Standing Council on Law and Justice. It sets out actions, strategies and outcomes for a national approach to victims of crime.


Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

On 12 November 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a nationwide Royal Commission into the sexual abuse of children in institutions. The Terms of Reference and the appointed Royal Commissioners can be viewed on the Royal Commission website.

If you would like your details passed onto the Royal Commission, you can register for a private session or provide a written account. Details are available on the Royal Commission's Share Your Story webpage.

Please note that registrations for private sessions close on 30 September 2016.

If you have been affected or would like information, referrals and support about sexual abuse please contact the relevant helpline on the left hand side of this page.


News Archive


“The Association exists to advance the interests of people victimised by crime and encourage the development of support services throughout Australia, whilst striving towards a crime free society.”


  1. Encourage and assist development of consistent, high quality, equitable and accessible support services for people victimised by crime throughout Australia.
  2. Promote fair and equal recognition of the rights and interests of people victimised by crime.
  3. Promote legislative and other reforms throughout the criminal justice system that reflect the rights and interests of people victimised by crime.
  4. Promote initiatives by individuals, communities and other agencies to improve responses to people victimised by crime.
  5. Consult with and foster co-operation between victim support services throughout Australia.
  6. Promote education and awareness; undertake, facilitate and encourage debate and research of issues that impact upon people victimised by crime.


  1. Act as the peak body for member crime victim services in Australia.
  2. Encourage and promote consistent and high quality standards in the delivery of services to crime victims throughout Australia.
  3. Provide opportunities for the exchange of experience, information and resources between victim service organisations in Australia.
  4. Make representations on behalf of victim support services to government regarding legislative policy and services involving victims of crime.
  5. Provide information and advice to individuals and groups planning to organise support services for victims of crime throughout Australia where such services do not exist.
  6. Publish and distribute reports, leaflets and other literature relating to the support services required by victims of crime at a national and international level.
  7. Promote public education, research and good support practice aimed at increasing the awareness of and advancing knowledge about the issues and effects of crime on the victim, their families and the community.
  8. Organise conferences on issues relating to victims of crime for members and other interested parties and to liaise with organisations, professions and interest groups whose contribution could be beneficial to victims of crime.


VSA Newsletter - July 2012 (PDF file, 403Kb)