We have played an active role in the Victims Assistance Program since 1999 and our experience has shown that a flexible and responsible service as soon as possible after a crime is reported is critical to a victim’s wellbeing.
Recently the Department of Justice and Regulations began a new initiative of locating some Victims Assistance Program counsellors actually in police stations. We now have staff located in the Gippsland and Frankston Police stations two days a week. As well as improving the wellbeing of victims, the response from police staff at these stations has been extremely positive.
“My counsellor has been one of the most important supports I have had throughout this whole process. She is amazing. I now see things from a completely different perspective.
I am on the lookout now too - next time I am in a relationship, I will be able to recognise the signs of domestic violence and I won’t let myself get stuck in that sort of position again.”
A witness at the Royal Commission into Family Violence about one of our VAP counsellors