Safety and first aid

Have you been sexually assaulted or sexually abused in the past?

Sexual violence can have a lasting impact on a person’s life. It can affect relationships and can impact on a person’s sense of self worth. Many people find that counselling is helpful.

In counselling, you can expect to:

  • be treated with dignity, respect and understanding
  • be believed
  • have an opportunity to express feelings and thoughts without being judged
  • receive accurate information
  • make decisions in your own time
  • communicate in your own language, with the help of an interpreter if required.

SARC counselling services

SARC provides counselling to people who have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused. Counselling is also available for partners, family and friends.

SARC does not provide counselling services to perpetrators of sexual assault or sexual abuse.

Call SARC during business hours on 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888 (free call from landline only) if you want to see a counsellor or attend a group at SARC.

Where to get help

Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)

  • 24 hour emergency line for recent sexual assault – phone (08) 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888 (free from land line only)
  • Emergency telephone counselling between 8.30am and 11.00pm daily – phone (08) 6458 1828


  • In an emergency situation, go to the nearest hospital emergency department
  • See your doctor


Sexual Assault Resource Centre

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

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