“1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.” They offer support to people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence, their friends and family, and professionals. The website also offers the ability to search for support services by state and/or category.
Helpline available 24/7 – 1800 737 732
Online Chat available 24/7
Australian Institute of Family Studies
“We are the Australian Government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing. We conduct research to increase the understanding of Australian families and the issues that affect them.” Current projects include research into issues relating to sexual violence.
Blue Knot Foundation – National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma
“Blue Knot Foundation is a thought, policy and practice leader in both clinical and trauma-informed responses to complex trauma. We provide short term phone counselling support, information, resources, tools and workshops to help survivors and their friends, families, partners and loved ones live better lives.” Information on trauma and its impact is available on the website for survivors and supporters. The helpline is staffed by trained, trauma-informed counsellors who can offer short-term professional counselling support, information, referrals to experienced health practitioners and support with applications to the National Redress Scheme.
Helpline available daily 9am-5pm AEST/ADST – 1300 657 380.
“Bravehearts is Australia’s leading child protection organisation. Bravehearts now employs over 65 people across Australia providing world-class child protection training and education initiatives; specialist child sexual assault counselling and support services; as well as research and reform campaigns to work holistically to prevent child sexual assault in our society.” Counselling is available for children, adult survivors and non-offending family members, as well as advocacy and support.
Phone – 8:30am-4:30pm (AEST) 1800 272 831
Email referral contact form – https://bravehearts.org.au/what-we-do/counselling-and-support/counselling/online-referrals/
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
“The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) is a state-wide resource centre working to prevent and respond to family violence, with a particular focus on men’s violence against women in intimate relationships. We provide training, publications, research and other resources to those experiencing (or who have experienced) family violence, and practitioners and service organisations who work with family violence survivors.” Help and advice for various groups of people is available on the website as well as the ability to search for support services throughout Australia.
52 Cardigan Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Phone – (03) 9486 9866, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
Email contact form – http://www.dvrcv.org.au/about-us/contact-us
Relationships Australia Victoria
“Relationships Australia Victoria is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation, with no religious affiliations. We focus on providing effective services to strengthen relationships and social connections for individuals and families, and in schools, workplaces and communities across all life stages. We aim to provide high quality and comprehensive services that assist families and children to overcome challenges, grow and thrive.” This organisation offers telephone and online counselling for individuals and families, including support for those affected by family violence.
Phone – 1300 364 277
Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA)
Survivors of Incest Anonymous offers a self-help twelve-step recovery program for adult survivors of child sexual abuse. They define incest and child abuse broadly, and provide general information, including on how to start a new support group.
To find groups and meetings, search the SIA directory – http://siawso.org/page-7166
“We have been Auckland’s specialist provider of sexual abuse support services since 1982.” Help Auckland is “committed to contributing to ending of sexual abuse and along with this, physical abuse and neglect.” Services available include crisis support, therapy and support for those going through the court process.
Phone 24/7 – 09 623 1700
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust (MSSAT)
MSSAT’s focus is to build “a sustainable national network of support services for male survivors.” There are regional service centres which offer various services including one-to-one and peer support, counselling and/or referrals, advocacy and information. A 24/7 sexual harm helpline is provided by Safe to Talk and is available by phone, text, online chat and email.
Phone – 0800 044 334
Text – 4334
Rape Prevention Education
“Rape Prevention Education (RPE) works in the greater Auckland area and nationally to prevent sexual violence through the delivery of education and health promotion/prevention activities. RPE also provides information for those affected by sexual violence through print and online media.”
“Victim Support is an independent incorporated society that provides a free 24/7 community response to help victims of serious crime and trauma. Our free service provides emotional and practical support, information, referral to other support services and advocacy for the rights of victims.”
Phone – 0800 842 846
Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP
“Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP works with survivors of sexual abuse and their wha(a with flat line over it)nau – of any age, gender or ethnicity. We provide a 24 hour crisis line. We also provide support and counselling services for anyone who has experienced rape or sexual abuse, or who is concerned about a friend or family member.”
Phone – 04 801 6655
Crisis Line – 04 801 6655 and press 0 at the menu
“We are a women’s organisation for women and their children, here to help prevent and stop family violence in New Zealand. We are an independent, bicultural community organisation and have support services designed especially for children, young people, Ma(a with flat line over it) ori women, Pasifika women and migrant and refugee women. We also assist lesbian women, older women and women with disabilities.”
24/7 crisis line – 0800 733 843