Supporting victims of crime

rebuild – Counselling for Victims of Crime is our newest counselling service.

Working closely with the Commissioner for Victims Rights and South Australia Police this service assists victims to manage the impacts of trauma as a result of a crime.

The name and design of the service were developed with victims of crime and key stakeholders in the justice system.

Our Manager of Trauma Services, Luci Lovelock, said “We named the service rebuild – Counselling for Victims of Crime because it is about supporting clients to rebuild their sense of safety, rebuild trust and rebuild their lives after a traumatic event”.

“It’s a tailored service that responds to the specific trauma of each victim as we support them along the road to recovery”.

Sophie McEvoy, Coordinator of the rebuild team, said “the new service opened on 1 July, offering counselling for clients from day one and receiving a steady stream of referrals from stakeholders in the justice system”.

“We support all victims of crime who contact us with trauma-informed counselling, helping them to rebuild their lives and move forward with hope and confidence”.

Clients can access rebuild at Relationship Australia South Australia metropolitan offices or through telephone or video counselling. Staff also deliver the service in regional locations including Berri, Mount Gambier, Port Augusta, and outreach to other locations.

Since July 1st we have worked with nearly 400 victims of crime.

Currently, around 30% of rebuild clients live outside metropolitan Adelaide and we see people of all ages including children and young people, adults, families and couples together.

We have male and female counsellors experienced in working with family and domestic violence, sexual violence, homicide, home invasion, road trauma and historical child sexual abuse. The team includes a child specialist and disability specialist.

With 60 years of experience delivering trauma-informed services to the community, Relationships Australia South Australia is drawing on this expertise to provide rebuild – Counselling for Victims of Crime.

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