Rebecca Abbott, Director of Abbott Witness Services, is a social work practitioner who specialises in preparing and supporting people to appear and give evidence in court.
After graduating in 1993 from UniSA with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree she began working as a counsellor and support group facilitator with victims of crime and their families at Victim Support Service.
In 2000 Rebecca moved to the Witness Assistance Service at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions where she later became Manager of the service. Over many years she provided information and support on a daily basis to witnesses, victims of crime and their families who were involved in criminal prosecution matters. During this time she recognised the importance of timely information about the system and the value of personalised pretrial preparation and court support for people.
Rebecca continued to further develop her interest in trauma, loss and grief and undertook post graduate study at Flinders University. She was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling (2003) and a Masters of Social Work (2011).
She has identified first hand the impact of repeated exposure to trauma and grief and facilitates professional development sessions on topics including vicarious trauma and the importance of self care to ensure longevity and fulfilment in practice.
For the past decade Rebecca has enjoyed teaching undergraduate and post graduate social work students at UniSA and Flinders University in a range of practice and theory based courses. She works as a locum social worker at the Coroner's Court of SA.
Rebecca is a current member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.