About Gippsland CASA

Gippsland CASA helping youGippsland CASA is funded by the Department of Human Services.  It is managed by an incorporated community-based Board of Governance, and is funded to provide comprehensive sexual assault services across the Gippsland region (Health Region 5), which extends from Bunyip River to the NSW border at Mallacoota, and from the Great Divide to the sea, including Phillip Island.  The primary offices are in Morwell and in Bairnsdale. Outreach sessions are offered in a number of towns across Gippsland including Warragul, Leongatha, Sale and Orbost.

The agency operates within a feminist philosophy and amongst its specific objectives are the support of the integrity, respect, autonomy and dignity of women, men and children who have experienced sexual assault, and the protection of their rights.

Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault assists people who have experienced sexual assault (past and recent), their families and other supporters with ongoing support, counselling and group work.  The agency also provides consultancy and professional training for other workers to increase professional knowledge about the incidence, causes and effects of the crime of sexual assault, and to develop skills in responding sensitively to people’s needs and concerns. A 24/7 multidisciplinary crisis care unit operates in Latrobe, Wellington and East Gippsland shires.  The agency also works within the broader community in order to reduce the incidence of sexual assault and to improve general understanding and appropriate response.

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On the 22nd of November 2015, GCASA moved into a Multidisciplinary Centre (MDC) with its partners.

MDC's are being set up by the Victorian Government, around Victoria. There are already MDC's in Mildura, Seaford, Geelong, Dandenong and Bendigo. MDC's are a place where Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault (Gippsland CASA), Victoria Police Sexual Offence & Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) and a smaller Department of Health and Human Services - Child Protection (CP) team offer services.

SOCIT investigate reports of sexual assault against adults, young people and children. SOCIT and CP work together to protect the community from harm, ensure child safety, and refer people to appropriate support services.

To contact any Victorian CASA or the Sexual Assault Crisis Line phone 1800 806 292

For sexual assault counselling within Australia phone 1800 RESPECT