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