The Women’s provides a 24 hour, seven day a week crisis care response to female and male victim/survivors of sexual assault.
The Women's response to all forms of sexual assault, which might include sexual assault, rape, incest, child sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
Callers do not have to give their name and we will not share the information you give us without your permission.
What we do
- Crisis care response for women and men who have been sexually assaulted within the past two weeks, which includes:
- Linkage to an on call Counsellor/Advocate in your area for immediate support
- Assistance with exploring your legal and medical options (including access to a forensic medical examination)
- Counselling, support and advocacy for victim/survivors of sexual assault that has happened at any time
- Support and information for family and friends of victim/survivors
Information for consumers
About sexual assault
Sexual assault includes a range of behaviours from unwanted touching and sexual harassment to rape. You can read more about sexual assault in our health information section.
Sexual assault is:
- any sexual behaviour that makes a person feel uncomfortable, frightened or threatened
- sexual activity that a person does not agree to do
- the use of emotional or physical violence to force another person to engage in sexual activity
- NEVER the victim/survivor’s fault
It is vital to understand that victim/survivors:
- never provoke sexual assault
- are never to blame for the assault
- are never responsible for the actions of the perpetrator.
CASA House and the Sexual Assault Crisis Line
The Women’s sexual assault response is provided by CASA (Centre Against Sexual Assault) House during business hours (9am to 5pm) and by the Sexual Assault Crisis Line after hours.
CASA House is committed to ensuring that victim/survivors are provided with necessary support and care. CASA House provides free and confidential counselling and advocacy to adult victim/survivors who live in the Melbourne CBD or the north-west region, or who are patients of the Women's. CASA House also provides:
- individual counselling support and advocacy to victim/survivors of either childhood or adult sexual assault
- support groups
- telephone counselling and support
- information and referral
- professional consultation, education and training to community health professionals.
The Sexual Assault Crisis Line is a state-wide, confidential telephone crisis counselling, information and referral service for victim/survivors of both past and recent sexual assault. It operates overnight, on weekends and public holidays. SACL coordinates the crisis response to sexual assault in Victoria and South Australia.
Family violence - information for women
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Family violence - information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
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