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Victims of Crime Assistance League (Hunter) NSW

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Thank you to all our members and service providers who have supported us during this challenging year. We hope you can join us in 2022 for another successful year of supporting survivors of crime. 
Join or renew your annual $15 membership here!
(L-R: District Inspector Craig Reid, Acting Inspector Anne De Vere-Bertles, Cathy Bremner and Superintendent Rashelle Conroy)

Officers of the Lake Macquarie Police District have welcomed VOCAL's  Senior Victim Support Specialist Cathy Bremner, who works from the station every Tuesday. Cathy supports both police and victims of crime by providing support to people making an initial reports, police statement or with general victims issues.

Outcomes and responses for people reporting crime in the Lake Macquarie have greatly improved, with people sharing their positive experiences of interacting with police.

 
Domestic Violence
Intervention Program

Lake Macquarie Police District, Interrelate and VOCAL continue to work on a pilot program designed to create connections for offenders that reduce re-offending and improve victim safety.  COVID-19 restrictions have slowed this down but we look forward to connecting with more participants in the New Year.
 

We value our links with agencies around the Hunter Region and VOCAL is looking to recognise and celebrate the efforts of others.

Do you know someone who has provided 
outstanding support to a survivor of crime?  It may be a 
local police officer, a solicitor, a DPP advocate, a Victims Services Registered Counsellor, or someone working in a support agency.
 

They may have helped you personally, or they may work in your organisation - tell us why you want to nominate them for our Local Hero Award  and the winner will be announced at our fundraising dinner.

Nominate Now!

Statistics for a 6 month period
 

  • 790 survivors contacted us for support

  • 250 were children and young people who needed help after crime

  • 70% experienced physical violence

  • 60% experienced stalking or intimidation

  • 30% experienced violent crimes/death of a loved one

  • 18% experienced sexual violence


Update on the NSW Victim Support Scheme: Counselling

There have been changes to the amount of counselling hours survivors of crime can have access to. Previously, once 22 hours of counselling had been used, a Victims Services Registered Counsellor could apply for more hours if they believed their client needed further counselling. 
Changes were made in February 2021, in the middle of a pandemic and without consultation with victim support agencies. Now only additional counselling hours will be approved for "exceptional circumstances". The matter was raised with us by local Registered Counsellors and survivors who were having their applications for additional hours rejected. 

In addition, Victims Services have removed funding for group counselling, something which has greatly impacted the service delivery of our friends at Survivors and Mates Support Network (
SAMSN).

Collectively, NGOs on the Victims of Crime Interagency have written to NSW Attorney General Mr Mark Speakman, MP requesting his intervention. 
VOCAL is forever grateful to the survivors who add their voice to our submissions. It's been a busy year, with the following submissions sent in response to Government inquiries:
 
We are currently finalising our submission for improving the competency and accountability of family report writers . To have your say on the Attorney-General's discussion paper, email Samantha at admin@vocal.org.au 
Christmas Tree of Angels

In 2021, COVID-19 has again created some significant challenges for our clients and staff. The health and wellbeing of everyone connected with our services is of the upmost importance to VOCAL and  as a result, the VOCAL Board elected to cancel this years Christmas Tree of Angels event.

We wish our clients, members, service providers and supporters a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

 
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