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Counselling

There are trained counsellors who can talk with you about the assault whether it happened a short time ago or a long time ago.

Many people have experienced sexual assault in childhood. Some people who have experienced sexual assault have not discussed their experience with anyone. However, for many the impact of sexual assault can be felt for a long time.

Counselling can provide you with the opportunity to talk about what happened to you in a non-judgemental and supportive environment. Counselling can reduce your isolation, help you to deal with your feelings, assist with your recovery and work out ways to manage or help you to decide whether you want to tell the police about it or not.

Counsellors work in:

  • government-funded services

  • community-based non-government services

  • private practice.

Counsellors should show some knowledge and understanding of the difficulties faced by victims of sexual assault and generally they have professional qualifications, such as psychology or social work. All should offer confidential and non-judgemental counselling to victims of sexual assault.

The best way to get help is to talk to a Support Coordinator at Victims Services on 1800 633 063 and let them know what happened to you and what your needs are and they will tell you how you can get help.