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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.

NCASA Services during COVID-19

Northern Centre against Sexual Assault (Northern CASA) is still open and available to receive referrals and provide secondary consultation to other practitioners

During COVID-19, we are providing counselling by phone and video sessions and feedback from our clients is that these options are working well for them.

Our Client Services include:

Crisis Care for recent victims including immediate medical care if needed; information about counselling, legal, forensic medical options; and coordination with police and forensic medical examiners.

In addition to responding to recent sexual assault victims, NCASA also provides short-medium term counselling for adults and young people over 12 years who have experienced past sexual assault, including child sexual abuse. 

Counselling is based on a client-centred model based of empowerment and recovery, and utilises a range of evidence based trauma therapy approaches.

Our group programs on hold for the time being but a Young Women’s Group and a Men’s Group are still being planned for later in 2020 so please contact us if you would like to know more about these options.

Our helpful Intake Counsellors are available to provide further information or discuss potential referrals on 9496 2240, Monday to Friday after 12.30 pm.

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.

 

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