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Counselling Services in Prison

Responsible government

  • New South Wales

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 17 Collaborate across services, sectors and workforces to ensure responses to women affected by domestic, family and sexual violence are coordinated, meet women’s needs, avoid women having to retell their story and promote their recovery.

What are we doing?

Counselling in Prison for victims of violent crime is delivered through the Victims Services NSW Approved Counselling Service (ACS) and allows people in custody who have been a victim of crime to access counselling to address their complex trauma histories.

The ACS provides free individual counselling to people who have become victims of violent crime that occurred in NSW and aims to assist victims to recover from the psychological and emotional impacts the crime has had on them.

Approved Counsellors under the ACS are social workers, psychologists, clinical psychologists or psychiatrists in private practice who have proven experience in working with victims of crime.

What have we achieved so far?

Counselling for victims of violent crime is available to women in nine correctional centres state-wide and over 170 women have accessed counselling in the 2019-20 financial year.

What is next?

Alternative options for providing counselling are being considered including the use of telephone counselling and audio-visual link.

What difference will we make?

The intended outcome of providing counselling in Prisons is to lower the impact of trauma for people in custody who have also been victims of violent crime.

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