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. Web: www. metlinkmelbourne. com.

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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. “The purpose of this Act is to protect from disclosure in legal proceedings confidential communications between the victim or alleged victim of a sexual offence and a medical practitioner or counsellor.

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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:

Telephone
Email
SMS
As a SECASA client, it is important for you to know about these communication options. Telephone
You will be given a phone number to contact your counsellor at their office if needed.

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Counselling service

SECASA offers a free counselling service for people in the South Eastern region of Melbourne, Victoria. How can counselling help?The experience of sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse or family violence can have far reaching effects on a person’s life, sense of identity and wellbeing.

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Groups at SECASA

Adult women survivors groupA 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?

Adult male survivors groupA support group for male survivors of sexual assault.

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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 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. SECASA offers support for women who have become pregnant following child sexual assault or adult rape.

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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”

Our aimThat 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. Download a copy

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Standards and protocols

Victoria CASA Standards of Practice Manual
The aim of the Standards of Practice Manual is to consolidate the professional practice of sexual assault services in responding effectively and appropriately to the needs of victim/survivors of sexual assault.

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Will CASA tell my parents?

For Young People

What you say when you speak to CASA counsellor/advocate, either in person or on the phone, is usually confidential. There are a few exceptions such as if you disclose that another person may hurt you.

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