What happens when you contact Gippsland CASA?

We believe that people who have been impacted by sexual assault should have access to comprehensive, timely support and intervention to address their needs.

Our Intake and Assessment Clinicians will support you throughout all stages of your referral to our service. From your initial contact with us, we aim to contact you within seven days to talk about your current situation and plan together how we can best assist you.

Individual Counselling

We provide face-to-face, individual counselling for people who have experienced sexual assault, along with their family members, and anyone who has been impacted by sexual assault.

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After-Hours Crisis Support

We offer a free, confidential 24 hour crisis care service for people who have recently experienced sexual assault or family violence.

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Information, Referral & Advocacy

We can advocate for you and assist with referrals to other support services such as accommodation, legal services, victim assistance, and police.

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Therapeutic Services

We offer you choice in your therapeutic journey. Along with individual counselling, you can choose to participate in therapeutic groups including Expressive Arts and Psychoeducation, and other therapeutic approaches including equine therapy, art, and yoga.

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Family Support

We provide a specialist and holistic support service to adults, children, young people, and their families; whether the sexual assault is recent or occurred in the past.

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Community Education

We work with the community to reduce the incidence and impact of sexual violence through education about sexual assault and respectful relationships.

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Prevention and Community Development

We are active in Gippsland communities to reduce the impact of sexual assault through primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention initiatives.

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Research

We engage in collaborative research to understand impacts and drivers of sexual assault and violence. With a strong practice-based focus, research allows us to better respond to the needs of people who use our service, and highlight where sector reform is most needed.

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Professional Training & Development

We provide professional development and training to allied professionals to increase their knowledge about the incidence, causes and impacts of sexual assault, and to develop skills in responding sensitively to people’s needs.

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Our Service Objectives

We are committed to:

  • Ensuring that people who have been impacted by sexual assault have access to services which are responsive and fit their needs, empowering people to make the best choices for them, and their loved ones, in their recovery.
  • Ensuring that our service is easily accessible, culturally sensitive, confidential, and empathic.
  • Ensuring that our staff are highly skilled and trained to provide an excellent, specialist service to all people who choose to seek help from our organisation.
  • Work to prevent sexual violence in our community, through community and professional education, public awareness strategies and media.
  • Ensuring that Government policy and the practices of Government bodies and other organisations reflect the needs of people who have experienced sexual assault. We are strong advocates for change; protecting the best interests of people who have been impacted by sexual violence.