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Sexual abuse and assault: getting help

If you are in immediate danger, phone Triple Zero (000) or go to the emergency department at your local hospital.

If you have recently experienced sexual violence, get yourself to a safe place as soon as possible and:

These services can help you by providing information and referrals to free counselling and support and medical care, including:

  • emergency contraception
  • medical examinations
  • testing for sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

If you are thinking of reporting the violence to the police it is important that you do not change your clothes, comb your hair or wash yourself. This may remove evidence. If you decide to have a medical examination, the medical officer will:

  • talk with you about the examination process
  • gather evidence in case you decide to report to the police
  • discuss the possibility of pregnancy and STIs.

If you think you may be at risk of pregnancy, talk to a doctor about emergency contraception.

If you want to report sexual violence that happened to you in the past, including as a child, call Policelink on 131 444.

Alternative reporting options are available for people who don't want to make an official complaint to the police about recent or historical sexual violence, but would still like to report it. This can be reported to the police online and you can remain anonymous.

Sexual abuse or violence is also a form of domestic and family violence if the abuser is a partner–or a former partner–or family member.

No one asks or deserves to be a victim of sexual violence. It is not your fault and you are not to blame.

Recovery from sexual violence

Sexual violence can have immediate and long-term effects on your health and wellbeing. This can include physical health issues as a result of the assault, or longer term health issues due to the impact of trauma.

Find out more about how to recover from sexual violence.

Where to get support

The following sexual violence support services can provide you with immediate and ongoing support to improve your personal safety and ensure you have access to the healing, justice and support that you need to recover.

Service providerPhone number
13 Health13 43 25 84
Statewide Sexual Assault Helpline1800 010 120
Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivor Support Centre(07) 3391 0004 (Brisbane and Inala)
Bundaberg Phoenix House Sexual Assault Service(07) 4153 4299
Cairns Sexual Assault Service(07) 4031 3590
Centre Against Sexual Violence(07) 3808 3299 (Logan and Redlands)
DVConnect1800 811 811
Gladstone Region Sexual Assault Service(07) 4979 1456
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence(07) 5591 1164 (Southport)
Immigrant Women’s Support Service(07) 3846 3490 (Brisbane and Inala)
Ipswich Sexual Violence Action Service(07) 3816 3000
Laurel Place(07) 5443 4711 (Maroochydore)
(07) 5499 2096 (Moreton Bay)
Living Well (Male victims)(07) 3028 4648
Mackay Women's Sexual Assault Service(07) 4953 1788
Men Affected by Rape and Sexual Assault Service(07) 3857 1222
Mount Isa/Gulf Domestic and Family Violence Service(07) 4749 1901 (Mount Isa)
Murrigunyah Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Women(07) 3290 4254 (Logan and Inala)
North Queensland Combined Women’s Services Sexual Assault Service(07) 4775 7555 (Townsville)
Rockhampton Women's Health Centre(07) 4922 6585
Sisters Inside Sexual Assault Service (Women who are or have been in prison)(07) 3844 5066 (Brisbane)
South Burnett Women’s Service(07) 4162 5439 (Kingaroy)
Tablelands Sexual Assault Service(07) 4091 4036 (Atherton)
Toowoomba Sexual Violence Action Service(07) 4642 1354
Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service(07) 4946 2999 (Cannonvale)
Wide Bay Sexual Assault Support Service(07) 4194 5230 (Hervey Bay)
WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Service (for women with intellectual disability)(07) 3262 9877 (Brisbane)
Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre(07) 3843 1823 (Brisbane and Inala)

Child sexual abuse

Find out about the signs of child sexual abuse and how to report it.

If a child is in immediate danger, phone Triple Zero (000).

If you are a young person and want to speak to someone about child sexual abuse, contact Kids Helpline on phone 1800 55 1800 (24-hour service), email a counsellor, or access web chat counselling (open 7 days, 8am to midnight AEST).