National Resources

Where to find help

If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual abuse or family violence contact:

  • National Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Counselling Service 24-hour helpline 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732
  • 24-hour Emergency Accommodation helpline on 1800 800 588
  • Safe At Home helpline on 1800 633 937
  • SHE (free and confidential counselling and support) on 6278 9090
  • Sexual Assault Support Services on 6231 1811, or after hours 6231 1817
  • Family Violence Crisis and Support Service on 1800 608 122
  • Bravehearts – Sexual Assault Support for Children on 1800 BRAVE 1

Don't go it alone. Please reach out for help by contacting Lifeline on 13 11 14

Men who have anger, relationship or parenting issues, should contact the Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491

Mindfulness App

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Surviving Child Sexual Abuse

Helping Survivors of child sexual abuse

If you are a survivor of child sexual abuse, Helping Survivors is a great resource for you.

On the site you can learn about:

  • What is child sexual abuse?
  • What are the dynamics of child sexual abuse?
  • Are there risk factors for becoming a victim of child sexual abuse?
  • Signs of child sexual abuse
  • What to do if you suspect someone is grooming a child for sexual abuse
  • What to do if you suspect child sexual abuse
  • How to respond if a child tells you they are being abused
  • Are there any treatments for child sexual abuse?
  • The long-term effects of child sexual abuse
  • Awareness can help to prevent child sexual abuse


What is Considered Sexual Assault?

What is sexual assault

If you’re searching for advice on what to do after a sexual assault, consider this step-by-step guide for a detailed overview of what to do immediately following the incident, your rights, sexual assault laws in your state, and how to seek help with filing a sexual assault claim.

Note that this site is American so some sections - such as that on how long you can wait before reporting a sexual assault or the statute of limitations - may not apply here in Australia. The bulk of the article is applicable regardless of what country you are living in.