Oncologist Dr. Belinda Yeoh and a patient

Departments

Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault

About us

Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault (or NCASA) is one of 15 CASAs across Victoria, and the regional sexual assault service for the northern metropolitan region of Melbourne (Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik and Whittlesea). We are located at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and at number of outposts in the Northern region.

Our service is free for women, men and young people over the age of 12 who have experienced sexual assault (past or recent) and their non-offending family and friends. We offer 24-hr crisis care for recent victims of sexual assault (17 and over), counselling, group work, advocacy, community education and consultation and training for other professionals.

Our 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.

Her name

Her name is a short film made by one of our clients about her experience of post-tramuatic stress disorder (PTSD) following being sexual assaulted and how counselling assisted with her recovery.

Thank-you to Amelie for giving us this rare opportunity to share a client's perspective of our service.

Her Name from Amelie Louise on Vimeo.

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We celebrate, value and include people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities.