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Professional Development Opportunities

SASS provides professional development programs at our sites but will also travel to your location if preferred. Click here to read about our Upcoming Education and Training, Professional Development, & External Community Education & Training.

We offer consultation and debriefing to all service providers 24/7 who are workers with victims of sexual assault.

If you have a client in crisis please call our 24/7 Crisis Support Line 1800 697 877

If you wish to make a referral for a recent or an historical sexual assault, child or adult:

  • Complete our referral form and email it back to us at referrals@sass.org.au Alternatively, you can call 6231 1811 and ask to speak to a counsellor.
  • Receipt of the referral will be acknowledged (usually by email)
  • Completed referral forms are considered at Case Allocation meetings on Wednesdays. An Intake Worker is then allocated and will make contact with the client to arrange an initial appointment.

Hospital and Police Interactions

SASS is responsible for the coordination of hospital and police responses to victims of recent sexual assaults. A recent sexual assault is within one week of the assault.

The role of a worker from SASS is to act as an advocate, support person and information provider for the victim and to support them in deciding what they want to do.

We provide information about the process of reporting to police, our role, their rights and options available, including the and the implications of those options. We co-ordinate the implementation of the victim’s choices.

Client choices at SASS in relation to a recent assault:

  • To report the crime
  • To make a formal statement to Police
  • To have a Forensic Medical Examination
  • To have a medical checkup
  • To access emergency contraception
  • To access ongoing counselling and support
  • To have a support person present (SASS or own)
  • To make choices now or later
  • To do any or none of above

Interpreters

If English is not a client's first language and there is anxiety about understanding any part of what may occur as a result of the sexual assault, an interpreter can be made available.

Lending Library

We have a library of professional resources that is available for limited loan.  Please contact us on (03) 6231 1811 for further information on how to access.

Confidentiality

The Sexual Assault Support Service Inc policy states that the Board of Governance members and staff members must not disclose, divulge, or make accessible confidential information belonging to, or obtained through their affiliation with SASS to any person, including relatives, friends, and business and professional associates, other than to persons who have a legitimate need for such information and to whom SASS has authorised disclosure. This policy is not intended to prevent disclosure where disclosure is required by law.