Discussing child sexual abuse can be difficult. This is especially so for survivors telling their story for the first time, their families and professional staff supporting them. 

The Royal Commission can refer survivors of child sexual abuse to counsellors or special support groups. Some services also give support to families and professional staff. 

Services listed in bold have been funded by the Australian Government to assist people affected by child abuse. All services listed are provided by external organisations.

Adults Surviving Child Abuse

National professional phone counselling, information and support for adult survivors of child abuse with referral database of experienced professionals and agencies 9-5 EST, 7 days.  Workshops for survivors, workshops for family members, partners and friends. Professional development for health professionals also available.
Face to face

Anglicare WA Incorporated

Information, counselling, and support for anyone who has been affected by institutional child / adolescent sexual abuse.

Bravehearts

Specialist case management, counselling and telephone counselling for child and adult survivors, non-offending family members and friends.  Services include counselling, support engaging with the Royal Commission, preparation of written statements, attending private sessions and public hearings.

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre

Free confidential counselling and support for women and children who have experienced any form of sexual assault. Services are available to family and supporters. Information, advocacy, and referral. Assistance and support for those engaging with the Royal Commission.
Face to face

Care Leavers Australia Network

Support and advocacy for people who grew up in Australian orphanages, children’s homes and in foster care, and their families. Counselling and case management available. Support provided to engage with the Royal Commission including preparation of written submissions and support attending both private and public hearings.
Face to face

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Provides counselling, healing and culturally appropriate support for Indigenous Australians

Centre Against Sexual Violence

Logan, Beenleigh and Beaudesert. Specialist sexual assault service providing counselling, support, advocacy and information for survivors of sexual assault in the Logan, Beenleigh and Beaudesert communities
Face to face

Child Migrants Trust

Social work services including counselling and support for family reunions.
Face to face

Child Wise

Trauma informed telephone and online counselling for childhood abuse. Training and organisational capacity building on child abuse prevention.

Children with Disability Australia

Provides information, referral and systemic advocacy regarding the experiences of children with disability.

Danila Dilba Health Service

Provides counselling, healing and culturally appropriate support for Indigenous Australians

Drummond St Services Vic

Provides a wide range of support and recovery for individuals, families, couples, young people and children.

Healing Foundation

Service to help build the capacity of Indigenous organisations and support the development of the Link Up network.

In Good Faith Foundation

Provides independent advocacy, case work, referral and support to aid recovery for victims, their families and communities responding to clergy, religious and lay abuse.

Interrelate

Counselling and support for those affected by institutional Child Sexual Abuse and Royal Commission. Locations: Dubbo, Caringbah, Bella-Vista, Muswellbrook, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Lismore (and other).

Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation

Provides counselling, healing and culturally appropriate support for indigenous Australians.

Laurel House North and North West

Therapeutic counselling and support to women, men and children who have experienced rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or child abuse, as well as their partners and support people.
24/7 Phone Counselling(03) 6431 9711
Face to face

Link Up NSW Aboriginal Corporation

Provides counselling, healing and culturally appropriate support for indigenous Australians.

Link Up Victoria

Provides counselling, healing and culturally appropriate support for indigenous Australians.

Living well

Counselling, information and support service for men who have experienced sexual abuse and sexual assault; partners, family and friends.

MensLine Australia

A national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns.

Micah Projects Inc / Lotus Place (Find and Connect Qld)

Support and resource service for Forgotten Australians and former child migrants.

Nunkuwarrin Yunti of SA Inc.

Provides counselling, healing and culturally appropriate support for indigenous Australians.

Open Place

Support service for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. Incorporating Find and Connect.

People with Disability Australia

Operating a national telephone line for advice, information, referrals and advocacy support. Provides training and individual advocacy support to people with disability.
TTY number1800 422 016

Relationships Australia NSW & ACT

Individual and family counselling. Intake and referral to additional specialist support services for people effected by the Royal Commission

Relationships Australia NT

Counselling, information, support and referral. Darwin, Alice Springs, outreach service to regional and remote locations when possible.

Relationships Australia QLD

Family, children and relationship counselling. Relationship Australia are committed to offering the best possible counselling, mediation, education and support services in a professional, relaxed and confidential environment.

Relationships Australia SA

Royal Commission Support Services provides counselling, assistance and support for people who are engaging with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We can also provide support to family members or other people connected with a person who is engaging with the Royal Commission.

Relationships Australia Tasmania

Family and relationship counselling and specialist support services for individuals engaged with or affected by the Royal Commission. Offices located at Devonport, Launceston and Hobart.

Relationships Australia VIC

Service to support people, families and their communities to cope with the challenges of life by building their resilience and capacity.

Relationships Australia WA

Family and relationship counselling as well as a range of specialist counselling services.

Relationships Australia

Family and relationship counselling as well as a range of specialist counselling services.
Face to Face (at specified locations)

Sexual Assault Support Services Inc

Counselling and support for men, women affected by sexual assault, survivors of sexual abuse, family members and support people. Face to face support available.
Face to face

The Women’s Cottage, Hawkesbury

Trauma informed case management, specialist face to face & telephone counselling, therapeutic, expressive & creative group programs, support around engaging with the Royal Commission & police; for women who are adult survivors, non-offending family members & friends. Covering Hawkesbury, Nepean, Blue Mnts, Hills District & Blacktown LGA’s.

Tzedek

Provides advocacy, referrals and support services to people who have experienced religious/clergy abuse, with a focus on the Jewish community.

Victim Support Service South Australia

Provides support, face to face and phone counselling and advocacy to people affected by the Royal Commission, as well as ongoing support for people to engage with the Commission.  Services available in Adelaide and 7 country regions.
Face to face

Victims Support Services

Personal support, counselling, information and referral services to help people deal with the impact of crime
24 hour counselling1300 300 238
Face to face (Mon - Fri 8.30am - 4.30pm)

Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation

Provides counselling, healing and culturally appropriate support for indigenous Australians.

1800 Respect

24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling, information and referral for anyone in Australia who has experienced or been impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence. Staffed by trauma specialist counsellors.
Online Counsellingwww.1800respect.org.au

After Hours Crisis Care

After hours crisis service provided by social workers from Families SA.
Phone131 611

Australian Childhood Trauma Group

Professional support.

Australian Federal Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse team

Qualified police trained to assist with responding to allegations of child abuse.

CREATE Foundation

CREATE Foundation supports children and young people with an out-of-home care experience aged 0-25 years. Join clubCREATE for free events, programs, grants, giveaways and surveys.

Crisis Line Northern Territory

Information, counselling and referral service for individuals and families.

Elm Place (Find and Connect SA)

Support and resource service for Forgotten Australians and former child migrants.

Find and Connect

Support and counselling for Forgotten Australians and former Child Migrants.  Family tracing and access to care records.

Find and Connect ACT

Support and counselling for Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. Family tracing and access to care records.

Find and Connect NSW

Support and counselling for Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. Including family tracing and access to care records.

Find and Connect NT

Support and counselling for Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. Family tracing and access to care records.

Find and Connect Tasmania

Support and counselling for Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. Family tracing and access to care records.

Find and Connect WA

Support and counselling for Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. Family tracing and access to care records.

Headspace

Counselling and referral service for young people aged 12- 25 years. Also supports parents.
Online Counsellingwww.eheadspace.org.au
Face to face

Heartfelt House Alstonville, Northern Rivers region

Support to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their family and friends by qualified counsellors.

Lifeline

24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention.
Phone131 114

Lighthouse Foundation

Specialist attachment and trauma informed training.

Link Up (QLD) Aboriginal Corporation

Provides counselling, healing and culturally appropriate support for indigenous Australians.

Mental Health Professionals Network

Provides mental health practitioners with networking and online professional development opportunities across Australia

NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV)

ECAV is a state-wide unit responsible for training programs in the specialised areas of adult and child sexual assault, domestic and Aboriginal family violence and physical and emotional abuse and neglect of children.

Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia

24/7 phone counselling provided nationally. Face to face counselling provided within New South Wales and Victoria.

Respond SA

Online information  for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, their families, friends and community.

Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Rape

Counselling for women and children who have experienced sexual assault, by qualified counsellors.
Face to face

Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA)

website: samssa.org.au
Free, confidential counselling and support for men who have experienced any form of sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Counselling Australia

Trauma specialist counselling for anyone in far west NSW, New England, North West NSW and Albury regions who has been affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Contact the service via telephone to make an appointment to discuss face to face counselling options.

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

Counselling service to adults and children who may have experienced any form of sexual assault. Medical Forensic Sexual Assault Service (Adult and Children) available 24/7 in Alice Springs and Darwin for recent sexual assaults (within last 7 days).

Sexual Assault Services – NSW Health – NSW Government

Information, counselling, court support for anyone who has been sexually assaulted in NSW.
Face to face

State Wide Sexual Assault Helpline

Lists a range of support services across QLD.

Suicide Call Back Service

24/7 counselling for people 18 years and over who are suicidal, caring for someone who is suicidal or people bereaved by suicide.

Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN)

Facilitated groups and workshops for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their families.

The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria

Provide assistance to victims of family violence and sexual assault.
Face to face

Tuart Place Fremantle

Services for anyone who experienced out of home care in WA including Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

Victim Support ACT

Victim Support ACT is the ACT Government’s one-stop shop for victims of crime and their families in the ACT. It offers a wide range of free counselling, support and advocacy services. People do not need to have reported a crime to police to become eligible for services.

Victim Support and Child Witness Service

Counselling and support, information and referral, court support and other services for victims of crime.

Victims Access Line

Single entry point for Victims of Crime in NSW to assist them in accessing services, including counselling and support.
Victims Access Line1800 633 063
Aboriginal Contact Line1800 019 123

Victims Counselling Support Service

Information, referral and counselling service for Queensland residents personally affected by crime.
Face to face

Victims of Crime Helpline

Specially trained staff provide information, advice and referrals to help victims manage the effects of crime including sexual assault/abuse.

Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault

Provide free ongoing specialist counselling and support for victim/survivors and family members of those who have experienced sexual assault, including those affected by institutionalised abuse.

Western Australia Sexual Assault Resource Centre

High quality care for female and males 13 yrs and over, who have been affected by sexual assault or sexual abuse.

Wide Bay Sexual Assault Services QLD

Hopes Door – wide Bay Sexual Assault Services Association Inc. is a community based organisation committed to principles of access, equality and client centred interventions for adults and children who have experienced sexual assault/abuse sometime in their lives. Operational hours: 9am – 5pm Monday - Friday

WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association Inc.

website: wwild.org.AU
WWILD works alongside people who have an intellectual disability, who have been a victim of sexual assault, crime or are at risk of becoming a victim crime or exploitation.WWILD works with men and women aged 14 years and over. Operational hours: 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday