For information and advice, or counselling, support, advocacy, legal and medical services in relation to a sexual assault, contact the following services.
Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Formal delivery of legal documents to a person to tell them there are court proceedings against them which they must defend, or to make sure a witness in a case knows when they have to go to court to give evidence. Victoria see Djirra
Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASAs)
Tel (sexual assault crisis line): 1800 806 292 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
There are CASAs throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria; see the CASA website for their addresses.
An independent body that hears legal claims brought by parties and decides between them. Serious cases are heard by a judge and jury, or just a judge. Less-serious cases are heard by a magistrate. Network
Tel: 0417 607 004
Disability Justice Advocacy
Unit 2, 28A Albert Street, Preston Vic 3072
Tel: 1800 808 126; 9474 0077
Djirra (formerly Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria)
Tel: 1800 105 303
There are Djirra offices in Abbotsford, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Echuca, Mildura, Morwell and Warrnambool; see Djirra’s website for the addresses.
Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service
Tel: 9403 9400
InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
Tel (family violence help): 1800 755 988
Tel (admin): 9413 6500
inTouch provides services and programs in Victoria for women from culturally diverse backgrounds who are affected by family violence.
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
580 Swanston Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Tel: 9341 6200; 1800 032 017 (country callers)
Office of Public Prosecutions Victoria (OPP)
Tel: 9603 7666
Office of the Public Advocate (OPA)
Level 1, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Tel: 1300 309 337
Safe Steps: Family Violence Response Centre
Tel: 1800 015 188 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
For Money or property promised to be handed over as a guarantee for repayment of a loan, or as a guarantee that a defendant will meet their bail conditions., the addresses of women’s refuges are not available. Safe Steps provides a state-wide, central referral service for women in need of crisis accommodation. It also provides advice, counselling and support groups.
Victims of Crime Assistance A body set up to hear and decide disputes, usually with less formality and less strict rules of evidence than in a court proceeding. (VOCAT)
VOCAT’s principal The administrative section of a court that accepts documents filed with the court and also handles some public enquiries.:
At the William Cooper Justice Centre,
Level 5, 233 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9628 7855
VOCAT operates from every Magistrates’ Court in Victoria.
Victims of Crime Helpline
Tel: 1800 819 817; text: 0427 767 891 (8 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week)
Victoria Police – Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams (SOCIT)
Victorian Government Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) – Child protection
Tel (after hours crisis line): 13 12 78 (Monday to Friday: 5 pm to 9 am; weekends and public holidays: 24 hours)