For several years, Constable Debbie Gibson has proven her compassion and diligence in the challenging role of Victim Contact Officer at SAPOL’s Major Crime Branch, advocating for the families of South Australian homicide victims, according to SA Police.
Now, Debbie has been formally recognised for her dedication by Victim Support Service, receiving a professional ‘Victim Worker of the year’ award during their recent AGM.
Recipients are chosen for their excellence, demonstrated leadership and future goals, receiving an honorary life membership to Victim Support Service and an engraved commemorative clock.
Debbie provides vital support, advice and information to co-victims of homicide throughout Australia and overseas, enhancing the ability of co-victims and witnesses to cooperate with investigations and prosecutions.
In nominating her as Victim Worker of the year, Debbie’s sponsor praised her empathy, professionalism, and ongoing support of the Homicide Victim Support Group.
Professional Victim Worker of the Year Debbie Gibson (left), pictured with
Volunteer Victim Worker of the Year Diane Bader
Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, Michael O’Connell, says Victim Contact Officers like Debbie play a crucial role in helping victims deal with police and others in the criminal justice system.
“People who become victims of crime in our state often have a better experience because of the respect and compassion given by these police,” says Mr O’Connell.
“Debbie Gibson is a prime example. She cares. She helps. She is honest. She is available and accessible when victims are in need. Victim rights are her paramount consideration.”
We congratulate Debbie on this well-deserved achievement!