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Expanded state-wide free counselling for child sexual abuse survivors

South Australian children, young people and adults who have survived child sexual abuse can access free counselling, information and referrals under an expanded state-wide service.

Following a competitive open tender process, Relationships Australia will deliver the Child Sexual Abuse Counselling service, backed by $1.4 million in State Government funding over three years, an increase of $300,000 on previous funding.

Free counselling and flexible support

The State Government funded service provides free counselling, either in-person or via phone or video chat, with specially trained counsellors and psychologists.

Crucially, it will also offer group programs and flexible individual support, such as couple counselling, parent–child counselling or family therapy, which helps people address the emotional, social and psychological health impacts of childhood sexual abuse.

Children and parents-to-be may particularly benefit from this service as they navigate major life transitions.

Survivors’ partners or other family members can also receive support through the service.

About the service expansion

Expansion of the service was planned in consultation with the sector and in response to findings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which recommended boosting capacity to address complex issues through a variety of specialist services.

Relationships Australia SA CEO Dr Claire Ralfs said her organisation is pleased to deliver therapeutic counselling for survivors of child sexual abuse, building upon many years of providing trauma services to survivors of violence and abuse.

“The counselling will support survivors and their families to find pathways to recovery by helping them overcome the impacts of abuse and understand how complex trauma may be affecting their lives and relationships,” said Dr Ralfs.

The new service is available, starting from July 1 2021.

Survivors of child sexual abuse can contact Relationships Australia

Phone 1800 408 408

Relationships Australia (South Australia) Child Sexual Abuse Counselling

Page last updated : 12 Aug 2021

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