National symposium on victimology


This symposium addresses the needs of crime victims. Papers cover experiences of victims in the criminal process, research on crime victims by criminologists, responsibility of the media, psychiatric insights on crime victimisation and victim rehabilitation, services to victims, issues of sexual assault and domestic violence, and community-based victim service initiatives.

State Government Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, 15-17th September 1981


  • Introduction
  • Welcome - Cain and Abel
    Mr W. Clifford
  • Keynote address
    The Honourable K.T. Griffin, MLC, Attorney-General of Adelaide

Papers of the symposium

Session I - Criminal procedure, evidence and the crime victim
Chair: His Honour Judge L. Kingsley Newman
  • Reconciling the interests of the victim with the rights of the accused - criminal laws of evidence
    Mr B. Martin
  • The role of the victim in plea negotiations
    Mr P. Sallmann
  • Interrogating the victim witness: the lawyer's duty
    Dr G.D. Woods, QC
Session II - Legal representation for crime victims
Chair: Mr G.C. Prior, QC
  • Legal representation for child victims
    Ms L. Miller
  • Community justice centres: alternatives to prosecution
    Mr K. Anderson
  • The victim on trial
    Ms K. Boyer
Session III - Educating actual and potential crime victims
Chair: Mr C.R. Bevan
  • Sexual assault in New South Wales
    Mr P. Cashman
  • The role of the police in informing crime victims
    Inspector J. Murray
  • The rights and options available to sexual assault victims
    Mrs L. Henry
Session IV - Criminological research and the crime victim
Chair: Mr S.W. Johnston
  • Who faces the greatest risk of becoming a crime victim
    Mr D. Biles
  • Victims of women homicide offenders in New South Wales
    Dr S. J. Egger
  • Children as victims of crime
    Ms H. Gamble
Session V - The media and the crime victim
Chair: Mr T. Anderson
  • The media as a cause of crime and fear
    Mr P.W. Wynne and Dr T. Vinson
  • The decision-makers
    Mr R. Holden
  • Portrayals of violence in the electronic media
    Mr S. Joynt
Session VI - The mental health needs of crime victims
Chair: Dr W. Lucas
  • Victims and their psychiatric needs
    Professor R. Ball
  • Mental health needs of sexual assault victims
    Dr R. Chambers
  • Survivor-victims and their problems
    Dr R. Goldney
Session VII - Evaluating services to crime victims
Chair: Mr R.W. Whitrod
  • An overview of services to sexually abused children and their families in New South Wales
    Ms E. Lennon
  • Design and evaluation of victim service programmes
    Mr M.K. Rook
  • Assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of services to crime victims
    Mr G. Beltchev
Session VIII - Victims of sexual assault
Chair: Dr J.A. Scutt
  • Child victims of sexual assault
    Ms L. Norris
  • Rape victims - do they ask for it?
    Dr C. Deller
  • Walk a mile in my shoes
    Ms M. Levis
Session IX - Victims of domestic violence
Chair: Superintendent P. Hurley
  • Exemplary prosecution of 'domestic violence' offenders
    Mr J. Willis
  • Wives, employment and domestic violence
    Ms Y. Carnahan
  • Alternatives to the criminal process for the domestic violence victim
    Ms P. Stratmann
Session X - The role of the community in assisting victims of crime
Chair: Her Honour Judge Iris Stevens
  • 'Dial-a-granny' community assistance to families under stress
    Ms P.J. Barbour
  • Confronting the social isolation of multiproblem families
    Dr E. Cunningham Dax
  • The church's response to the needs of crime victims: the role of Life Line
    Dr B. McLellan
  • Conclusion