Seeking Support

Seeking Support

Discussing child sexual abuse can be difficult. The Royal Commission has reminded us that is especially so for survivors telling their story for the first time, their families and professional staff supporting them.

The Royal Commission provides an extensive list of care and support services which can be found at Support Services. These services connect people with counsellors or special support groups.

Services marked as ‘Government Funded’ have been funded by the Australian Government to assist people affected by child abuse.

If you need immediate support call Lifeline on 13 11 14

1800 Respect

website: www.1800respect.org.au

24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling, information and referral for anyone in Australia who has experienced or been impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence. Staffed by trauma specialist counsellors.

Phone: 1800 737 732
Online Counselling: www.1800respect.org.au

Adults Surviving Child Abuse

website: www.asca.org.au

National professional phone counselling, information and support for adult survivors of child abuse with referral database of experienced professionals and agencies 9-5 EST, 7 days.  Workshops for survivors, workshops for family members, partners and friends. Professional development for health professionals also available.

Phone1300 657 380
Email: counsellors@asca.org.au
Face to face
Government Funded

Anglicare Counselling

Anglicare Counselling is available to all people regardless of heritage, beliefs or lifestyle: to individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents. All Anglicare counsellors are tertiary qualified in psychology, social work or counselling.

website: https://www.anglicare.org.au/directory-category/counselling
Phone: (02) 9798 1400

Australian Childhood Trauma Group

website: www.theactgroup.com.au/

Professional support.
Phone(03) 9415 6066

Australian Federal Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse team

Qualified police trained to assist with responding to allegations of child abuse.

Phone: (02) 6256 7777

Bravehearts

website: www.bravehearts.org.au

Specialist case management, counselling and telephone counselling for child and adult survivors, non-offending family members and friends.  Services include counselling, support engaging with the Royal Commission, preparation of written statements, attending private sessions and public hearings.

Phone: 1800 272 831 (7am – 8pm AEST Time)
Email: rc@bravehearts.org.au
Face to face
Government Funded

Care Leavers Australia Network

website: www.clan.org.au

Support and advocacy for people who grew up in Australian orphanages, children’s homes and in foster care, and their families. Counselling and case management available. Support provided to engage with the Royal Commission including preparation of written submissions and support attending both private and public hearings.

Phone: 1800 008 774
Email: support@clan.org.au
Face to face
Government Funded

Child Wise

website: www.childwise.net

Trauma informed telephone and online counselling for childhood abuse. Training and organisational capacity building on child abuse prevention.

Phone: 1800 991 099
Email: helpline@childwise.net
Government Funded

Find and Connect NSW

website: www.findandconnect.gov.au/contact/new-south-wales

Support and counselling for Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. Including family tracing and access to care records.

Phone1800 161 109

Link Up NSW Aboriginal Corporation

website: www.linkupnsw.org.au

Provides counselling, healing and culturally appropriate support for indigenous Australians.

Phone: 1800 624 332
Government Funded

MensLine Australia

website: www.mensline.org.au

A national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns.

Phone: 1300 78 99 78 (available 24/7)
Online Counselling: www.mensline.org.au
Government Funded

NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV)

website: www.ecav.health.nsw.gov.au

ECAV is a state-wide unit responsible for training programs in the specialised areas of adult and child sexual assault, domestic and Aboriginal family violence and physical and emotional abuse and neglect of children.

Phone: 02 9840 3743

Open Place

website: www.openplace.org.au/

Support service for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. Incorporating Find and Connect.

Phone: 1800 161 109
Phone: (03) 9421 6162
Government Funded

Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia

website: www.rape-dvservices.org.au

24/7 phone counselling provided nationally. Face to face counselling provided within New South Wales and Victoria.

Phone: 1800 211 028

Relationships Australia

website: www.relationships.org.au

Family and relationship counselling as well as a range of specialist counselling services.

Phone: 1800 025 441
Email: royalcommissioncommunitybasedsupport@ransw.org.au
Face to Face (at specified locations)
Government Funded

Relationships Australia NSW & ACT

website: www.nsw.relationships.com.au

Individual and family counselling. Intake and referral to additional specialist support services for people effected by the Royal Commission

Phone: 1800 025 441 (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm)
Email: royalcommissioncommunitybasedsupport@ransw.org.au
Government Funded

Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA)

website: samssa.org.au

Free, confidential counselling and support for men who have experienced any form of sexual assault.

Phone: (02) 6247 2525
Mobile phone: 0411 847 108
Email: samssa@samssa.org.au

Sexual Assault Services – NSW Health – NSW Government

website: www.health.gov.au/sexualassault

Information, counselling, court support for anyone who has been sexually assaulted in NSW.

Phone: 1800 424 017

Suicide Call Back Service

website: www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

24/7 counselling for people 18 years and over who are suicidal, caring for someone who is suicidal or people bereaved by suicide.

Phone: 1300 659 467

Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN)

website: www.samsn.org.au

Facilitated groups and workshops for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their families.

Phone: 02 8355 3711
Email: support@samsn.org.au

Victims Access Line

website: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/sexualassault/pages/default.aspx

Single entry point for Victims of Crime in NSW to assist them in accessing services, including counselling and support.

Victims Access Line: 1800 633 063
Aboriginal Contact Line: 1800 019 123
Email: vs@agd.nsw.gov.au