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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.
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.
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 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.