Would you like to be part of the solution to our Youth crime issues?
Business Resecure program
In partnership with the Northern Territory Government Department of Business and Innovation we provide a service to help small businesses resecure their business premises after a breakin.
If your small business has been broken into you are entitled to a grant of $750 to help you resecure your premises. If you have a subsequent breakin you are entitled to another $500. This grant is administered by us with funding from the Department of Business and Innovation and is available to any business with less than 100 associated people which has experienced a break in since July 1, 2018.
You can either resecure and pay and then present your receipts to us for a refund of up to $750 or you can call us on 1800 670 242 and we will have one of our pre approved contractors resecure you premises.
Biz Secure Audits
We are also acredited BizSecure NT auditors should you wish to use our services to make the most of that program
Victim Offender Conferencing
The Northern Territory Government is funding us to participate in a pilot project to support the victims of offenders who are under 18 years of age to participate in a restorative justice conference. We believe victim/offender conferences can be very effective in assisting victims to move forward with their lives after a crime has been committed against them. It is an opportunity for victims to make offenders aware of the harm they have done and make suggestions as to how that harm can be repaired.
We also hope to use the opportunity to interupt the thoughts of young offenders and bring about a reduction in repeat offending. Bringing offenders face to face with the people they have hurt makes them much more accountable than sending them to a court where their lawyer speaks for them and makes excuses for them.
The conference process is scripted and forces the youth to verbalise what they have done, to hear how it has hurt someone and to commit to change. Victims are allowed to express their emotions and ask the questions that linger in thier mind such as: what the offender was thinking at the time of the offence; why they or their businesses were targeted; and how that thinking may have changed. Victims can have input into the outcome plan of the young offender which is agreed to and signed during the conference.
A victim offender conference is often the victims only opportunity to be heard as part of the judicial process. If victims do not want to attend conferences their thoughts and suggestions can be conveyed by the Victim Support Officer on their behalf.
We are also committed to ensuring that victims find out what happens after the conference if they wish to know. We will stay abreast of the developments in the case and update the victim accordingly.
Trauma is NOT:
What is trauma?
Trauma is a personal response to an event (such as a crime) that negatively impacts functioning in a way that changes one’s own sense of “normal.” A sense of normal refers to one’s usual emotional state, physical health, ability to cope, day to day routines, and familiar thought habits. Trauma is defined by how a person feels and thinks about the event, and therefore, it is a very personal experience.
Being a victim of crime or exposures to negative or terrible situations do not automatically result in “trauma.” For some people a reaction does not have to be negative or long-lasting. People can experience a sense of strength, feeling of resilience, immunity, gratitude, or positive feelings which can also be normal. It is also normal to experience a mix of positive and negative emotions after an event. It is possible for people to suddenly experience symptoms weeks, months or even years after a negative event.
Possible Trauma Symptoms (not all of these symptoms have to be present):
Repetitive disturbing or distressing thoughts in relation to the event
Constantly re-living or imagining the event (and unable to control this mental experience)
Abnormal moments of confusion
Paranoia that prevents or negatively impacts normal day to day functioning (it is okay to have reasonable suspicions especially about personal safety, but if it starts to effect quality of living then it is a concern worth addressing)
A persistent sense of hopelessness or powerlessness in regards to the event
Negative changes in self-esteem (noticed either by self or other people)
Overwhelmingly strong emotional states (anger, fear, despair, sadness, grief as examples)
Changes in appetite (more or less than usual)
Loss of energy
Extreme sleepiness/or inability to sleep restfully
Reduced sex drive
Excessive substance use above and beyond your normal (alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc.)
What is normal?
Stress and having negative feelings is a natural part of experiencing and living in the world. We cannot control when a “stressor” might arise in our lives, but we do have a big role in dealing and coping with experiences. If we start losing control, it can be helpful to seek help before it gets worse. That is where Victims of Crime NT can help after experiencing a criminal event.
Seeing a Victim’s Counsellor:
You can expect:
A victim counsellor’s role is to facilitate a safe, respectful, and neutral environment that enables a productive discussion on learning about how to handle negative experiences, emotions and thoughts. You can expect a session to be a collaborative discussion between the counsellor and the client with the goal to leave the session with a set of ideas, strategies or plans to return to normal functioning and to encourage a better day to day quality of life in terms of thoughts and emotions. A counsellor is also knowledgeable about community resources to further aid recovery and wellbeing.
You will not be:
Expected to attend or commit to multiple sessions, diagnosed, given medication, judged, criticized, or blamed for your experiences.
It is not necessary to talk about the event that occurred if it is too upsetting, a counsellor is able to simply focus on the thoughts and emotions and/or the solutions.
As part of our Safe at Home Program we also run an initiative to increase personal safety and feelings of safety in Remote Communities.
Findings from consultations and literature review conducted by VOCNT indicate that the key concern in many remote communities is domestic and other physical violence. The strategies for overcoming this issue are ,of course, many and complex, crossing many government and non-governmental agencies. We play our part in this area by liaising with local authorities, remote communities, outstations and regional councils and other relevant service providers to identify crime risk reduction measures and providing the resources to implement those measures, as well as oversee the implementation. Whenever possible the program tries to develop mechanisms to build local service delivery capacity in remote locations through working with existing programs like CDP.
VOCNT believe that communities know what solution works best for them as they can identify culturally appropriate security arrangements for remote communities and townships as well as assist in the provision of such arrangements to improve safety in remote areas.
. This may include areas such as:
- Improved street lighting
- Accessible and functional telephones
- Creating ‘safe’ internally securable rooms at key locations
- Personal Safety Device
- CCTV cameras
- Intercom and swipe card system
Within this context and informed by crime data Victims of Crime NT provides finance to implement the strategies as well as oversee the projects
In the pilot phase of this SAH Remote program, ten communities ( Maningrida, Yuendumu, Mutitjulu Kalkarindji, Wadeye, Borroloola, Ngukurr, Ramingining, Gapuwiyak and Ali Curung) were prioritised based on population size in Remote NT. For each community following activities were conducted:
- Identifying key stakeholders
- Consultations - identifying crime prevention strategy,
- identifying suppliers,
- developing project management plan,
- implementation of security measures and finally
Outcomes from this initial pilot project include:
Yuendumu Community have reported NIL incidents since the installation of CCTV Cameras through the Safe at Home Remote Program.
The existing Safe Houses at Yuendumu & Papunya Communities (which were unsafe and unusable) were secured and are now safe for victims of personal violence to seek safety and shelter
We are now seeking to engage with new Communities and we are keen to hear from YOUR COMMUNITY if we can be of help.
This program is targeted towards Territorians who are most at risk of unlawful entry or domestic violence and/or personal crime in remote communities by assisting to improve the security of their homes or housing and providing safe places and/or personal security in remote communities.
We provide information, crisis counselling and referrals for other support services to any crime victim, past or present. Our qualified staff are available to talk to a person affected by crime either face to face or over the telephone. We can also assist in the preparation of documentation such as Victim Impact Statements and applications for financial assistance under the Crime Victims Assistance Act. When necessary we will also advocate on behalf of a crime victim to other agencies such as police, government and non-government agencies.
Below is a list of links to other support, please click on a title below to visit website.