South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Making Rights Reality resources

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

Tags: Child Sexual Abuse, Counselling, Disability, Easy Read, Family Violence, Legal Information, Medical Information, Rape

Making Rights Reality is a program at the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SECASA) that provides extra help to adults and children with a disability who have experienced sexual assault or family violence. The program aims to make sure people with disabilities have equal access to counselling, the criminal justice system, and the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.

The Making Rights Reality Program can provide outreach counselling appointments, or pay for communication support, attendant care or transport, if needed to get to police or courts.

All SECASA counsellor/advocates have access to regular training, resources and information through the Making Rights Reality Program to make sure they can adapt counselling and advocacy to suit each person. Eight easy read booklets about sexual assault and family violence were written for the program and are available here. 

Counsellor/Advocates at SECASA have been trained by Scope to work with people with complex communication needs, and some workers have been trained to use Scope’s Speak Up and Be Safe Resources.

Outreach appointments are available with the SECASA/Springvale Monash Legal Service Joint Clinic, which helps people with applications to the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.

As part of the Making Rights Reality Program, SECASA coordinates the South Eastern Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships (SL&RR) Network. The network works with peer educators and other organisations in SECASA’s region to run SL&RR workshops for adults with an intellectual disability.

SECASA has also worked closely with Women with Disabilities Victoria on projects such as the Gender and Disability Workforce Development Program.

Also see: SECASA Services: Making Rights Reality

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