South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

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Access to SECASA services via public transport

These details were compiled July 2018. This list is not exhaustive and routes also change so please check metlink for the latest information, alternate routes and time tables.

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Can my client records be subpoenaed

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers

In Victoria, this falls under the Evidence (Confidential Communications) Act 1998.

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Contacting SECASA

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Teachers, Workers, Young People

In addition to counselling sessions, you may communicate with your counsellor/advocate by:

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Counselling service

SECASA offers a free counselling service for people in the South Eastern region of Melbourne, Victoria.

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Domestic violence outreach unit

A service for women and women with children from the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne who have experienced recent physical and emotional abuse and are not safe in their homes. Available: After normal business hours phone (03) 9594 2289

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Groups at SECASA

A support group for adult women survivors of childhood sexual assault. Have you had some counselling and would now like to meet other women who might be facing similar issues as yourself?

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How do I explain to others

For Family & Friends

There will be people who will be curious to know what has happened to your child and want to know why changes have occurred recently in your family.

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How family & friends can help

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors

After a sexual assault, the victim needs to Get medical attention Know it wasn't their fault. Feel safe Take control of their life. Be believed. Things you can do to help Listen, don't judge - Try to simply understand their feelings.

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How long will my recovery take?

For Male Survivors

A former SECASA counsellor, talks about how and why we start our journey of recovery. If you choose to see a counsellor, it does not mean having to tell them all the nitty gritty details of what happened.

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How to access your SECASA file

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

Every SECASA client has a file. This is opened after your first counselling appointment. It contains the information from your first contact with SECASA, case notes, reports, assessments and correspondence.

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How to make a complaint or compliment at SECASA

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

As a SECASA client you have the right to complain if you feel that the service you have received does not meet your expectations. You can also give positive feedback if you wish.

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Information for parents/carers about specialist assessments

For Family & Friends

Your child has been referred to SECASA by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Child Protection, for a “specialist assessment”. SECASA is a government funded counselling agency for victims of sexual assault and their non-offending family members.

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Information for victims of rape

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers, Young People

This article is designed to give those of you who have been or currently are the victims of sexual assault (together with the friends, family and perhaps school counsellors who are supporting you) information which should be of use to you.

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Pregnancy following rape

For Female Survivors, Young People

A number of SECASA'S clients are mothers of children following rape or are children born following the rape of their birth mother.

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Restorative justice program

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

Restorative justice helps people who have been sexually or physically assaulted to communicate with the other people involved, about the harm that has been caused. The police and courts will not usually be involved.

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SECASA services

The South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) provides sexual assault and family violence services in Victoria within the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston, Bayside, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Glen Eira and Kingston local government areas. We also work in the Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia growth corridor.

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SECASA's online “House Rules”

That SECASA’s online community will reflect the aims and objectives of SECASA. These rules cover participation in SECASA’s online presence including our web sites and social network pages. SECASA reserves the right to change this agreement at any time.

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Service brochures in languages other than English

Arabic Chinese Filippino Khmer Russian Spanish Turkish Vietnamese

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Sexual assault of older people: Information for clients and victims

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

Information about the sexual assault of older women and men.

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Sexual assault, the law, your rights

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Teachers, Workers

This booklet is for anyone wants to know more about the legal rights of someone who has been sexually assaulted. It has information about: getting support, reporting the assault to the police, intervention orders, going to court, compensation and financial assistance, where to get help.

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