Services provided by Victorian CASAs
Emergency or crisis care
A free confidential 24 hour emergency or crisis care service is available (call 1800 806 292) for victim/survivors who have recently been sexually assaulted. This includes crisis counselling support and may include access to medical care and legal processes.
Information and advocacy
Information about sexual assault is available in verbal and written form and CASAs provide advocacy in relation to legal choices, physical health concerns and safe accommodation.
Counselling and support
CASAs offer free and confidential short to medium term individual counselling to child and adult victim/survivors of sexual assault, their non offending family members/carers and significant others. They also offer group work, telephone counselling and referrals to other relevant services.
CASAs are committed to engaging in collaborative research projects around emerging sexual assault issues and research informs practice.
CASAs are involved in the development of innovative resources for victim/survivors, the community and other professionals.
Community education and training
All Centres Against Sexual Assault provide community education. Examples of community groups are students and community organisations. Consultation and training is provided to a range of professionals. Training packages have been developed to meet the needs of particular professional groups. Examples of professional groups are:
- Community Health Services
- Women's Health Services
- Mental Health Services
- Drug and Alcohol Services
- Protective Services
- Educational Institutions (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary)
- Indigenous & Ethno Specific Services
- Permanent carers and foster parents
- Centrelink staff
- Lifeline volunteers
- Child and Maternal Health Nurses
- Licensed venue staff