15th International Symposium of the World Society Victimology

Welcome to the 15th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology

Victims Support Australia in partnership with angelhands Inc. are delighted to invite you to the 15th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology (WSV) which will be held in Perth, Western Australia at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 5-9 July 2015.

The Symposium invites International and Australian presenters from the broader discipline of Victimology and brings them together in one of Australia's most beautiful cities. Western Australia is a community that is at the forefront of victim support services.

The overarching theme is Victimisation, justice and healing: Challenging orthodoxies. The theme is designed to provide a focus on sharing best practice, emerging responses, and critical reflection on contemporary conceptualisations of victimisation and justice in various settings and disciplines – from the world of ‘ordinary’ crime, to post-colonial and post-conflict settings, and to transnational, cyber and institutional environments.

This Symposium follows on from the successful 14th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology, Justice for Victims: Cross-cultural perspectives on conflict, trauma and reconciliation which was held in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2012.

The Symposium is being organised by the WSV, Victim Support Australia, angelhands and the Australian Institute of Criminology with considerable support from the Western Australian Government.

The 15th International WSV Symposium will provide a unique opportunity for international engagement with victimologists, victim services practitioners, the judiciary, policing, researchers, non-Government organisations and policy makers.

Mahashini Krishna
NSW Commissioner of Victims Rights, Victims Services

Chair, Victim Support Australia

Dr Ann O'Neill
Chairperson, Founder, Patron & Clinical Supervisor (volunteer), angelhands Inc.

Dr Adam Tomison
Director, Australian Institute of Criminology

Executive Councillor, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Board Director, National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

White Ribbon Ambassador

About the World Society of Victimology

The World Society of Victimology (WSV) is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organisation with Special Category consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and the Council of Europe. Brought together by a mutual concern for victims, its world-wide membership includes: victim assistance practitioners, social scientists, social workers, physicians, lawyers, civil servants, volunteers, university academics of all levels, and students. The purpose of the WSV is to advance victimological research and practices around the world; to encourage interdisciplinary and comparative work and research in this field, and to advance cooperation between international, national, regional and local agencies and other groups who are concerned with the problems of victims.


About the symposium hosts

Victim Support Australia

Victims Support Australia (VSA) is the national professional association representing generic crime victim services across Australia. VSA aims to advance the interests of people victimised by crime and encourage development of support services throughout Australia whilst striving towards a crime-free society. Victim Support Australia encourages a sustained and committed partnership between the States and Territories and the Commonwealth, and with all sectors. VSA has developed a number of position papers and urges the adoption of policies at all levels of government and in the community that seek to meet the needs of crime victims across Australia, to prevent re-offending, to reduce fear of crime, and to prevent crime.


angelhands Inc

angelhands Inc is a not-for-profit organisation based in Western Australia that provides support and assistance for those who have been affected by homicide or serious personal violence. angelhands Inc aims to promote and encourage community awareness and responses conducive to a person’s recovery from trauma and positive experiences of the criminal justice system.