Ongoing Help & 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 their webpage: Support Services. These services connect people with counsellors or special support groups.

The list below provides a number of options for ongoing support and assistance in a number of areas.
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

Key Contact Numbers

For Those In Need Of Immediate Assistance Or Support.​

To report abuse to the Anglican Church in Sydney please use the Abuse Report Line or email/form links on this page.

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

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.

Phone:1300 657 380
Email: counsellors@asca.org.au
Face to face,  Government Funded

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

Website: www.theactgroup.com.au/
Phone: (03) 9415 6066

Professional support.

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

Phone: (02) 6256 7777

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.

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

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.

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

As they serve in ministry, clergy may face a range of personal and parish issues which can impact on their relationships, ministry and wellbeing. The Clergy Assistance Program is provided by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, in partnership with Anglicare, to support clergy and their spouses in their roles.

Access CAP here.

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

Website: www.findandconnect.gov.au/contact/new-south-wales
Phone: 
1800 161 109

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

Website: www.linkupnsw.org.au
Phone: 
1800 624 332
Government Funded

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

Website: https://mensline.org.au/
Phone: 
1300 78 99 78 (available 24/7)
Online Counselling: https://mensline.org.au/want-to-talk/  

Government Funded

The National Redress Scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
It was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child  Sexual Abuse, which estimated that 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia.

More information here: National Redress Scheme and the Sydney Anglican Diocese
National Redress Scheme website: www.nationalredress.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.

Website: www.ecav.health.nsw.gov.au
Phone: 
02 9840 3743

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

Website: www.openplace.org.au/
Phone: 
1800 161 109
Phone: (03) 9421 6162

Government Funded

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

Website: www.openplace.org.au/
Phone: 
1800 161 109
Phone: (03) 9421 6162

Government Funded

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

Website: www.relationships.org.au
Phone: 
1800 025 441
Email: royalcommissioncommunitybasedsupport@ransw.org.au

Face to Face (at specified locations)
Government Funded

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

Website: www.nsw.relationships.com.au
Phone: 
1800 025 441 (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm)
Email: royalcommissioncommunitybasedsupport@ransw.org.au

Government Funded

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

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

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

Website: www.health.gov.au/sexualassault
Phone: 
1800 424 017

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

Website: www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Phone: 
1300 659 467

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

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

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

Website: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/sexualassault/pages/default.aspx
Victims Access Line: 
1800 633 063
Aboriginal Contact Line: 1800 019 123
Email: vs@agd.nsw.gov.au

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