Who do we help?
Those who contact the Service are from all age groups, backgrounds and experiences. Some have experienced violence recently or continue to live with violence. For others the violence occurred a long time ago or when they were children.
Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia is clear that it is every person’s human right to live their life free of violence and when they experience violence it is their right to access high quality counselling and support to achieve safety and recovery.
For those who have experienced sexual assault, family or domestic violence
Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia provides a range of counselling services for anyone who has experienced or is at risk of sexual violence, family or domestic violence and their non offending supporters. Our services include the NSW Rape Crisis Service for people in NSW who have experienced or have been impacted by sexual violence, and Sexual Assault Counselling Australia for people who have been impacted by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Counselling services for women who were sexually assaulted in childhood are also available from Women’s Health Centres across NSW.
Counselling services are staffed by experienced and qualified trauma counsellors, can assist with:
- Understanding and managing the immediate and ongoing impacts of experiencing sexual assault, family or domestic violence,
- Achieving safety,
- Making decisions about what to do, and
- Information about Police, accessing counselling, accommodation, legal and other services in the local area
Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia counsellors will support those who contact to identify what it is they feel is best for them at that time. The counsellor will then assist the person to do what they need to do. This may mean working to reduce impacts such as fear, shame, isolation, anger or depression. For others it is about escaping the violence and for others it may be to talk through options such as going to a counsellor or reporting the crime to Police.
For non offending family members and friends
Counsellors can also provide support for non offending family members and friends. This may include assistance with understanding and managing their own response to having someone they care about experiencing violence and working with them to develop strategies to best assist that person.
Professionals can contact the Service for:
- Debrief after assisting someone who has experienced sexual assault, family or domestic violence,
- Support for their clients while they are annual leave,
- Out of hours support for clients who are at a stage in their recovery where 24/7 support will assist, and/or
- Clinical consultation.