Clinics & services

Support after sexual assault

Our services at Northern CASA

Who we are

Northern CASA (NCASA) provides a free service to all members of the community aged 12 years and over who are affected by sexual assault. This is regardless of how long ago it happened and includes non-offending family and friends.  We support people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities.

Our services

We provide the following services:

  • counselling for adults and young people
  • 24-hour crisis care for victims of recent sexual assault (aged 17 and over) including medical care in the emergency department if required
  • telephone counselling, support, information and referral by an intake counsellor during business hours
  • information about legal, forensic and medical options
  • coordination with police and forensic medical examiners
  • Group programs and online trauma sensitive yoga
  • advocacy
  • community awareness, education and consultation
  • training and consultation for other services and professionals


Northern CASA is based at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital site of Austin Health in Ivanhoe. The Crisis Care Unit for recent victims of sexual assault is located at the Emergency Department of the main Austin Hospital Site in Heidelberg. Outreach counselling services are also available at other locations in the Northern Metropolitan Region.

Our service area

Northern CASA is one of fifteen Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASAs) across Victoria. Northern CASA provides services to people who live, work or study in the following local government areas:

  • Banyule
  • Darebin
  • Nillumbik
  • Whittlesea

Find your local service

Visit the Sexual Assault Services Victoria website to view a directory of all CASAs in Victoria.

You can use this directory to find out if we service your area. If you live outside of our region, please contact your local CASA as shown in the directory.

History of Northern CASA

Northern CASA (NCASA) was originally established as NorthEast CASA (NECASA) in October 1987 as a community-based organisation managed by a committee of management. NECASA became a service of Austin Health in July 1994 and is funded by the Department of Families, Fairness & Housing (DFFH). In July 1995 NECASA changed its name to Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault (Northern CASA) to recognise the establishment of the Eastern CASA at Maroondah Hospital.

Over time, NCASA has enhanced its service to provide an intersectional approach to support all members of the community who are affected by sexual assault and family violence. This includes support for men, children, people who identify as LGBTIQ+, people with disabilities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and survivors of institutional abuse.