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Establishing the Connection Guidelines for Professionals
These guidelines have been developed to build the capacity of workers in the sexual assault and alcohol and other drug (AOD) sectors in Victoria to support shared clients who experience both sexual assault trauma and substance use issues.
The guidelines have been prepared by the Australian Institute of Family Studies in partnership with CASA Forum and UnitingCare ReGen. They are the result of an Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) funded project exploring the enablers and barriers of the AOD and sexual assault sectors in referring shared clients to specialist services.
There are links to relevant information provided throughout this resource, and we encourage you to interact with your local sexual assault/AOD service and promote interagency training and collaboration in support of your shared clients.
Reporting Sexual Abuse to the Police
Making a decision about whether or not to report sexual abuse to the police can feel like a stressful and overwhelming experience for many people.
In our experience, having information upfront about what is involved and expected through the legal process, can help individuals to make the best decision.