Queensland Sexual Assault Helpline
1800 010 120
7.30 am to 11.30 pm 7 Days
About Sexual Assault Helpline/How we help
The Queensland Sexual Assault Line is here to offer telephone support and counselling to anyone – women, men and young people – who has been sexually assaulted or abused and for anyone who is concerned or suspects someone they care about might have been assaulted or abused.
For an explanation of what constitutes Sexual Assault click here
It doesn’t matter whether the assault took place today, last week or twenty years ago; our experienced telephone counsellors provide a sensitive, non –judgmental service; listen to your story and assess your individual situation to help identify the best advice and support to offer you.
If English is not your first language we can arrange for an interpreter, often from within our team, and at no cost to you.
In the case of a very recent assault not only can we give you the emotional support you need but importantly we can provide practical advice about forensic and medical examination, risk of becoming pregnant, local services you can access, as well as how to make a complaint to the police.
The impact of sexual violence upon survivors can be considerable, no matter when it occurred, and may include experiences of anxiety, depression, ‘flash-backs’ and panic attacks, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, and a myriad of other health and social issues. (For more information click here: What to expect after Sexual Assault)
A large part of our work involves assisting with practical advice for parents, relatives, friends and work colleagues to help them to support someone who has been sexually assaulted or abused
Some of the calls typical to the Helpline see counsellors providing validation and support, information on forensic and general medical processes, accurate information about making a complaint to police, referral and phone numbers for further support in the caller’s local community, and some strategies around self care, healing and keeping safe.
DVConnect has been providing the State-wide Sexual Assault Helpline since 2008 and in that time has assisted close to 16,000 women, men and young people.
We also assist and provide advice and referral to other agencies and workers in the community who are working with survivors of sexual assault or abuse.
Sexual Assault is never your own fault – Sexual Assault is a CRIME.