In 2015-2016, Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia provided support to 22,346 women, men and young people across 56,892 occasions of service.
Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia continued its vicarious trauma work. The evidence-based training and management program works to address and reduce the risk that exposure to traumatic content poses to the health and welfare of staff. The organisation applies its expertise in this space to assist organisations to:
- Develop tailored vicarious trauma management policies including specific strategies for risk reduction, monitoring, early intervention and offsetting the symptoms of vicarious trauma.
- Administer psychometric testing, analysis and reporting on results for individuals, teams and organisations.
- Train staff to increase their awareness of vicarious trauma and equip them with the skills necessary to identify and effectively manage vicarious trauma for themselves.
Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia recognises that increasingly workplaces are developing a proactive role in addressing violence against women, particularly by offering domestic violence leave and other supports to help empower valued staff who are escaping domestic violence or dealing with sexual assault. Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia tailored a support package to offer to workplaces:
- Assisting in the development of or reviewing policy and procedures related to supporting staff experiencing sexual and/or domestic violence
- Providing training for organisational leaders, managers and frontline staff including supporting organisations to embed training into existing induction and routine workplace training practices
- Assisting organisations to monitor and evaluate the impact of their work, including improvements to organisational responses to disclosures and to organisational culture more broadly
- Tailored support to develop solutions to suit an organisation’s specific needs.
Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia completed a key research project "Counselling Service Modalities and the Needs of Australians affected by Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence". This research examined how services around Australia meet the counselling needs of people experiencing sexual, domestic and family violence. The project explored the strengths and limitations of five different counselling service modalities that are delivered by trauma-focused community services; explored barriers to effective referrals between the counselling services and how to overcome these barriers; and examined the current state of knowledge about models for evaluating the effectiveness of various counselling service modalities delivered to people affected by sexual assault, domestic and family violence. The findings of this project were shared at the International Mental Health Conference 2016 held in Queensland, where the work was well received.
The Full Stop Foundation actively engaged in fundraising to support the work of Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia with a reception hosted by the Governor of NSW and community fundraising with the City2Surf. The Full Stop Foundation also engaged with businesses, individuals, trusts and foundations with the support of our patron and ambassadors.