Support for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault
Indigo House, Richmond Sexual Assault Service, Lismore (02) 6620 2970
Accessing Victim Services Counselling
Free counselling for victims of crime
Speak to your GP about accessing a mental health care plan providing 10 counselling session with possible extension.
Blueknot Foundation's website provides tips on how to seek out a suitable therapist, as well as contact detials of providers who identify skills and experience in this area. Blueknot also provides phone and email based support for adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, as well as for their supporters and the professionals who work with them. Survivors can access one hour of free specialised phone counselling per week, though this is not always possible on demand or with the same counsellor.
Phone: 1300 657 380
Available: 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week
1800 RESPECT provides confidential sexual assault and family and domestic violence counselling via phone and webchat. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 737 732
Bravehearts Information and Support Line can be accessed by anyone wanting information or support relating to child sexual assault.
Phone: 1800 272 831
Available: 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday
Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre
Provides legal advice and assistance with applications for Victims Services, Tenancy Advice and Advocacy, Domestic Violence Court Advocacy.
Legal Service: 6621 1000 or 1800 689 889
Tenants Advice: 6621 1022 or 1800 649 135
NSW Victim Services
Victim Access Line 1800 633 063 (Mon-Fri 9-5pm)
Aboriginal Contact Line 1800 019 123 (Mon-Fri 9-5pm)
For LGBTIQ women:
Q Life (LGBTIQ Counselling) 1800 184 527 (3-12 pm)
ACON Northern Rivers
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we have reduced opening hours until further notice. Temporary opening hours are 10am-2pm, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Tel: 02 6622 1555
Freecall: 1800 633 637
For people living with disabilities:
Translation services and help for people with disabilities
Translating and Interpreting Service
For callers who require a translating or interpreting service.
Phone 13 14 50 and ask them to contact the phone number of the service you want to get in touch with.
National Relay Service
For callers who are d/Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech impairment.
TTY/Voice Calls: Phone 133 677 and ask them to contact the number of the service you want to connect with.
Speak and Listen: Phone 1300 555 727 and ask them to contact the number of the service you want to connect with
NSW Rape Crisis Counselling Service - Phone: 1800 424 017
24/7 telephone and online trauma counselling for anyone in NSW whose life has been impacted by sexual violence.
What To Expect:
Once you contact the service you will meet with one of the group facilitators who will show you the group space and tell you a bit more about the group. If you think you would like to continue, the facilitator will then talk more about your hopes for attending the group and the things that support you in your life. You are in control of how much you do or don’t share. Research indicates that talking about the details of the abuse isn’t always helpful and isn’t necessary in order to move closer to healing. Pathways to Healing brings contemporary research and creativity in order to