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Sexual Assault

The Department of Health’s (DOH)  role in responding to recent victims of sexual assault is to provide medical care, forensic medical examinations, sexual health assistance, crisis counselling and information. These responses are provided by public hospitals, the Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit (CMFU) and may include specialist sexual assault teams. The extent and nature of this care varies across health service districts in accordance with local procedures and resources.

Assistance and care in the acute phase includes:

  • Medical treatment
  • Collection and documentation of medico-legal evidence where appropriate
  • Sexual health information and treatment
  • Information about rights as a victim of crime
  • Information about reporting to police and legal processes
  • Support and information extended to support networks.

In addition DOH provides education and training available to government and non-government agencies with an aim to broaden community knowledge, improve responses and prevent sexual violence as outlined in the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022.

Fact Sheets


Queensland resources

Australian resources

Last updated: 11 December 2014

Help, Assistance & Contacts

If you have been sexually assaulted recently or in the past and would like assistance, you can contact any of thefollowing for support: