Papers & reports

Body-Based Interventions in Sexual Assault: A Pilot Program Evaluation

Tara Schintler and Georgia Taylor (2010)

This paper will outline a body-based pilot program that WestCASA delivered to female participants in 2009, comprising fourteen weeks of shiatsu therapy and an eight week yoga group. The experiences of participants, body-based practitioners and counsellor/advocates will be reflected and evaluation findings summarised. Outcomes indicated improved affect regulation, increased body awareness and reduction of trauma symptoms for participants. Learnings from providing a body-based program alongside talk-based therapy within a sexual assault service suggest the benefits of such a union.

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Capturing Mothers experiences of hearing their children disclose sexual abuse when they to have a sexual abuse history

Erin R Logan (2015)

This project sought to understand the experience of mothers with histories of sexual abuse hearing their children disclose sexual abuse. Previous research has highlighted the importance of believing and supporting victim survivors of sexual abuse. Have these mothers, however, experienced support and understanding as they respond to their children’s disclosures? Mothers with sexual abuse histories were interviewed about their experience of hearing their children’s disclosures of sexual abuse. Interviews were recorded and the mothers’ experiences reported to give professionals an understanding of these experiences.

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Child sexual abuse and subsequent offending and victimisation: A 45 year follow-up study

James RP Ogloff, Margaret C Cutajar, Emily Mann & Paul Mullen (2012)

This study investigates whether a disproportionate number of CSA victims subsequently perpetrate offences and experience future victimisation compared with people who have not been sexually abused.

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Creative Arts in Group Work

Susan Bradborn (2010)

I will be discussing creative arts as a useful tool in sexual assault support group activities; how it can be integrated in many ways using a variety of modalities. The use of creative arts can be effective in regulating group dynamics and creating a safe platform for group participation.

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Dealing with Danger: A game about safer technology usage for cognitively impaired clients

Juliet Summers (South Eastern CASA) (2014)

About the game The Dealing with Danger card game is designed to assist discussion about what to do when faced with everyday situations using technology. To write them we researched into the most common areas where people were being exploited and the most frequent problems mentioned by carers and support workers. We then wrote questions to evoke an instant yes, no or not sure response.

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Defusing the C bomb: prioritising choice over consent in conversations about sexual assault

Jill Duncan, Training and Education Co-ordinator, CASA House (2014)

Among the many outcomes of WW 2 were the United Nations Organisation and the articulation of universal human rights. Among these is the inalienable right of sexual autonomy: the freedom and opportunity to choose about sexual activity. Sexual autonomy, amongst other signifiers of gender equality, is fundamental to the feminist agenda; is foundational in responding to victim/survivors of sexual assault; holds the key to prevention programs and also underpins contemporary Australian sexual offences legislation. Everyone’s right to choice is inherent in all these contexts.

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Dissociation and complex trauma

Esen Uygun, WestCASA (2014)

In this paper I will focus on the work of Van der Hart, Nijenhuis and Steele’s (2006) The Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality (TSDP) in primary, secondary and tertiary level and how to work with these kind of presentation holding the 3-phase trauma in mind.

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E-health service delivery – the issues and challenges of a digital age .... this is not what we did social work for

Juliet Summers (2012)

Health related topics are one of the top rated searches online, with support groups being the principle source of information. There is growing research on the informative, supportive and therapeutic benefits of using online communications for social support. Engaging online provides you with access to a diverse audience, the ability to express your views, hear the views of others and gain useful information.

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Follow the yellow brick road. The trials, tribulations and triumphs of partnering police, child protection and sexual assault workers and co-locating them in one building

Carolyn Worth (2014)

Victoria has a new model for delivering services to victims of sexual assault and family violence. It is Multidisciplinary Centres (MDCs) which are partnerships of Victoria Police Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams (SOCITS), Counsellor/Advocates from Centres Against Sexual Assault, Forensic Physicians from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and Child Protection Workers from the Department of Human Services. All of these agencies are located in one building in an MDC.

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I E-hate U: Challenges for Practitioners from e-hate and Technologically- Facilitated Offences

Juliet Summers (2011)

So here is our first challenge when using the web for service delivery. There's a geek speak all of it's own that is rich and complex. However when a service provider first sits in a room with a web developer to discuss how to blend service delivery with technology it's not long before one or the other begins to think 'I have no idea what you're talking about'.

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