Sexual abuse and assault: getting help
If you have been impacted by sexual assault, rape or sexual violence, it is important to know there are a range of help and support options available. Nobody asks or deserves to be a victim of sexual violence. It is not your fault and you are not to blame.
On this page:
- If you have recently been assaulted
- Where to get support
- Recovery from sexual violence
- Child sexual abuse
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 assault, rape or sexual violence, get yourself to a safe place as soon as possible and:
- phone the police and/or ambulance on Triple Zero (000)
- go to the emergency department at your local hospital
- phone the Sexual Assault Helpline on 1800 010 120 (7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days a week).
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 former partner–or family member.
Community-based sexual violence support services can provide you with both 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. Sexual violence support services will listen to you and believe you.
|Service provider||Phone number||Location|
|13 HEALTH||13 43 25 84||Statewide|
|Statewide Sexual Assault Helpline||1800 010 120||Statewide|
|1800RESPECT||1800 737 732||Statewide|
|DVConnect||1800 811 811||Statewide|
|Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivor Support Centre (BRISSC)||(07) 3391 0004||
|Cairns Sexual Assault Service||(07) 4031 3590||Cairns|
|Centacare Family Relationship Services||(07) 4162 5439||Kingaroy|
|Centre Against Sexual Violence||(07) 3808 3299||
|Gladstone Women's Health Centre||(07) 4979 1456||Gladstone|
|Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence||(07) 5591 1164||Southport|
|Immigrant Women’s Support Service (IWSS)||(07) 3846 3490||Brisbane|
(07) 5482 7911|
(07) 5443 4711
(07) 5499 2096
|Lifeline Darling Downs and Southwest||1300 991 431||Roma|
|Living Well (for male victims)||1300 114 397||Strathpine|
|Mackay Women's Sexual Assault Service||(07) 4953 1788||Mackay|
MARS Australia (for men affected by rape and sexual abuse)
|(07) 3857 1222||Brisbane|
|Mount Isa/Gulf Domestic and Family Violence Service||(07) 4749 1901||Mount Isa|
|Murrigunyah Family and Cultural Healing Centre||(07) 3290 4254||Logan|
|Phoenix House||(07) 4153 4299||Bundaberg|
|Queensland Health Sexual Assault Service||
(07) 3646 5207|
(07) 3810 1111
(07) 4652 7983
(07) 4968 3919 or after hours (07) 4968 6000
(07) 4744 4447
(07) 4616 6950 or after hours (07) 4616 6000
|Service Against Sexual Violence||
(07) 3816 3282|
(07) 4566 2633
|Sisters Inside Sexual Assault Service|
(for women who are or have been in prison)
|(07) 3844 5066||Brisbane|
|Tablelands Sexual Assault Service||(07) 4091 4036||Atherton|
|True Child and Family Service||(07) 4031 3590||Cairns|
|Whitsunday Counselling and Support||(07) 4946 2999||Whitsundays|
|Wide Bay Sexual Assault Services||(07) 4194 5230||Wide Bay|
|Women's Centre Townsville||(07) 4775 7555||Townsville|
|Women's Health Centre Rockhampton||(07) 4922 6585||Rockhampton|
|WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Service|
(for women with intellectual disability)
|(07) 3262 9877||Brisbane|
|Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre|
(for young women aged 12 to 25 years)
|(07) 3843 1823||
Brisbane North (Nundah)
Brisbane Southwest (Richlands/Inala)
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.
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
- web chat counselling (open 7 days, 8am to midnight AEST).