Specialist sexual assault services provide support for people affected by recent sexual assault, current sexual abuse and past sexual abuse as well as their partners or family members. Sexual assault services provide support to people of all genders aged over 13 years affected by sexual assault. Supports available vary across each service due to capacity and resourcing. Service provisions can include 24/7 crisis response, intervention, counselling, information and resources, group therapy support sessions, referral and advocacy. Sexual assault services place the needs of victims and/or survivors at the centre of their practice.
In Western Australia there are specialised sexual assault support services for children, commonly referred to as Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Services. Services are for children who have experienced or at risk of sexual abuse, and parents and caregivers. Services aim to reduce the harmful effects of sexual abuse on children and their future.
There are a range of other services for people affected by sexual violence delivered by specialist and mainstream organisations available in Western Australia. These include:
Our key work is to advocate for sexual violence system development and reform. We develop mechanisms to ensure that the voices of victims and/or survivors are heard and inform the development of best practice, and the evolving sexual violence system. We work closely with sexual violence sector stakeholders as we further develop our role and work to best support improved safety, health and wellbeing outcomes for women.
The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing does not deliver direct services.
Our work is informed by the evidence that sexual violence is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men against women; is a form of gender-based violence; is often a tactic of intimate partner violence; and that the majority of sexual assaults occur in an intimate partner relationship. We recognise gender inequality as primary driver/enabler of sexual violence and a barrier to safety and that best practice in community education, prevention and early intervention must be driven by a gendered analysis of sexual violence.
The National Redress Scheme is for people who have experienced institutional child sexual assault. Redress Support Services provided support to people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse. These services are funded by the Commonwealth Government.
Redress Support Services are for people who are contemplating making an application for the National Redress Scheme.
They provide free support and assistance to people throughout their engagement with the National Redress process, including:
The Child Sexual Assault Therapy Services are funded by the Department of Communities, Department of Child Protection and Family Services and are provided across Western Australia.
These services provide healing, support, counselling and therapeutic responses to children, young people and their families affected by child sexual abuse. They also provide support to children and young people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and children and/or young people who are responsible for, or at risk of sexually abusing children. A variety of organisations operate these services including several Aboriginal culturally safe healing support services.
The current (as at May 2021) Child Sexual Assault Therapy Services for children and family include:
Services for adults of child sexual assault: