Talking to a specialist trauma counsellor can assist people who have experienced sexual or domestic violence towards recovery. Specialised trained counsellors are available 24/7 to assist anyone who has experienced or been impacted by sexual, domestic or family violence with information, counselling and referral.
A Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is currently underway in Australia. Discussing child sexual abuse can be difficult. This is especially so for survivors, witnesses, their families and professional staff supporting them.
The Royal Commission has provided funding to organisations across Australia to support anyone affected by the Royal Commission. Find out more about the support services available.
A range of support services are available to those who have experienced or been impacted by sexual, domestic or family violence, including: specialised sexual assault services, domestic violence services, medical, counselling, accommodation and legal services as well as the police. Find out what services are available in your region.
When someone says they have been sexually assaulted, or that they are experiencing domestic violence, the first response is critical to their recovery and decisions about what to do next.
A response which is supportive, non-blaming and compassionate will help the person feel they have chosen the right person to speak with.