Have you recently been sexually assaulted?

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Do you need counselling or support?

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Do you want information about sexual assault?

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A message to our clients and colleagues

WestCASA cares about our clients and our staff and is committed to preventing the spread of the current COVID-19. We are currently providing phone and online appointments for our clients.

We are especially wanting to stay connected with you during this complex time.

Contacting us at WestCASA

We will still be providing intake, counselling and our crisis care response by phone and welcome your calls.

Please contact Reception on our landline number 9216 0444 (9am – 5pm)

After Hours Sexual Assault Crisis Line number is: 1800 806 292

WestCASA is a community based not-for-profit sexual assault counselling service operating in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.

WestCASA provides a 24 hour crisis care service in conjunction with the Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL).

Call: 1800 806 292

WestCASA aims to both facilitate the recovery and healing of victim/survivors of sexual assault and work toward the elimination of sexual violence in society. The service vision is for a world where everyone lives free from the fear of sexual violence.

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Stage 4 lockdown in Victoria is designed to keep us safe. And for most of us it will.

If you are living with a partner who is abusive, being trapped at home with them is likely to be making you feel anything but safe.

If you need to leave, know that there are services that will be there to support you and that leaving for safety reasons takes priority and exempts you from the rules of Level 4 restrictions.

Contact safe steps 24/7 on 1800 015 188
or safesteps@safesteps.org.au

It’s OK to ask for help. 24/7 support is available

Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service
1800 512 348 | coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au
headtohealth.gov.au
Headspace 1800 650 890
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
ReachOut au.reachout.com

Speak to your GP about services funded under Medicare

Advice on Trauma and Wearing a Mask

• Free counselling service for people who have experienced sexual abuse and live, study or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne

• Therapeutic Group Programs to assist recovery

• Information, support and counselling to non-offending family members, partners and friends of individuals who have been sexually abused

• Innovative Body Based Therapy Programs – Trauma Informed Shiatsu and Trauma Sensitive Yoga

• Specialist trauma service for women in prison at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre

• Community education programs

WestCASA is based at the Multidisciplinary Centre (MDC) in Werribee

The Wyndham Multidisciplinary Centre (MDC) brings together specialist sexual assault and family violence services under one roof in Melbourne’s fast growing western suburbs.

The MDC features counselling and advocacy support services, general health checks, therapeutic support, forensic medical services, as well as guidance through the justice system.

WestCASA welcomes your feedback

Women’s Health Hub
Level 2, 236 Hoppers Lane
Werribee. Victoria 3030

Intake Hours: 9.30am – 4.30pm,
Monday-Friday

Counselling Line:  9216 0444

Administration Line:  9216 0411

Body-Based Therapies Program Evaluation

New! BBT Program Evaluation

by Tara Schintler, Georgia Taylor and Juliet Watson

This research report outlines the establishment and integration of the 10-year body-based program to complement current psychotherapeutic interventions, within a specialist sexual assault service.

The foundational principle of body-based therapy (BBT) at WestCASA is that it is practice that is trauma-informed. Practitioners, therefore, are sensitive to how experiences of trauma contribute to current difficulties, and how this might affect engaging in a therapeutic alliance (Knight, 2015). The program included yoga and shiatsu.

The evaluation was conducted using a qualitative approach that comprised a literature review, pre-and post-program questionnaires with victim/survivors, and focus groups and interviews with shiatsu and yoga practitioners and counsellor/advocates.

> More on the BBT program at WestCASA

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WestCASA is a service for people of all genders and sexual orientation. We welcome and support trans, intersex and gender diverse people into the service.

WestCASA is committed to the safety of all children in the community.

We recognise our specific legal and duty of care obligations to mitigate the risk of harm to young people aged 12 to 18 years who use our service directly and younger children as siblings and family members of adult service users.

WestCASA has systems, policies and processes that ensure we are a child safe organisation.