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Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault (Northern CASA)

About us

The Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault (Northern CASA) is one of 15 centres against sexual assault in Victoria funded by the Department of Human Services. Northern CASA is a Department of Austin Health.

Northern CASA is the regional sexual assault service for the northern metropolitan region of Melbourne covering the local government areas of Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik and Whittlesea. It is located on the Repatriation Campus of Austin Health and also operates a number of outposts in the Northern region.

Northern CASA provides free therapeutic services to women, men and young people over the age of 12 years who have experienced sexual assault (past or recent) and their non-offending family members and friends. Northern CASA provides a range of services including 24hour crisis care for recent victims of sexual assault (17 years and over), counselling, group work, advocacy, community education and secondary consultation and training for other professionals.


Northern CASA philosophy:

  • Sexual assault is any unwanted sexualised behaviour that makes a person feel frightened or uncomfortable. It is a crime that violates a person’s human rights, and can never be justified or excused.
  • Sexual assault happens worldwide, in all communities and can happen to anyone.
  • Sexual assault is a social issue that occurs because of the power imbalances in the family, justice, political and economic systems. Elimination of sexual assault and its effects can be achieved through attitudinal, social and structural change.
  • Sexual assault impacts on individuals, families and the wider community. The impact can be physical, emotional, spiritual, financial and social.
  • Responsibility, blame and shame for the sexual assault always rests with the offender.
  • The journey undertaken by people is one of spirit, hope and dignity. People can and do overcome the effects of sexual assault.