ACT Support services

If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 000 for Police
If you or some else needs immediate medical attention call 000 for Ambulance

These support services are free to access. Contacting a support service or seeking help will NOT be shown on your academic record and will NOT affect your visa status.

ACT Police

T: 000 (Emergency)
T: 131 444 (non-urgent)

Availablility: Round the clock - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week    

ACT Police services are available for emergency response, to report a crime and investigation of criminal matters. If you contact ACT Police directly for a non-urgent matter, you can ask to speak to a specialised sexual assault response team called SACAT (Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team).

1800 RESPECT - 24 Hour Phone Support

T: 1800 737 732
W: 1800respect.org.au
Availability: Round the clock - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week    

1800 RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. 1800 RESPECT provides phone or online support for people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence. 1800 RESPECT also provides support for friends and family of people experiencing violence, as well as workers and professionals supporting someone experiencing violence. 

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC)

T: 02 6247 2525 
W: crcc.org.au
Availability: 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week.  

CRCC support women, children and men who have experienced sexual assault, or people who are supporting others who have experienced sexual assault. They provide free and confidential crisis and ongoing counselling, support, advocacy and information about medical and legal options. CRCC have counsellors on ANU campus five days a week. CRCC is a community based service which is also available off ANU campus.

Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS)

T: 02 6280 0900
W: dvcs.org.au
Availability: Round the clock - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week   

The Domestic Violence Crisis Service is an inclusive service working with children, young people and adults who have been impacted by family, domestic and intimate partner violence.  DVCS provides 24/7 crisis intervention, legal advocacy, support to young people and their families, support groups to women and children, safety planning, access to security upgrades and emergency accommodation, awareness, education and training and a specialist program for men who want to stop their use of violence within their relationships.

Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA)

T: 02 6247 2525
W: samssa.org.au
Availability: 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week    

SAMSSA support men over the age of 16 who have experienced sexual assault, or people who are supporting others who have experienced sexual assault. They provide free and confidential crisis and ongoing counselling, support, advocacy and information about medical and legal options. SAMSSA is part of Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC).

Nguru

T: 02 6247 2525
W: crcc.org.au/support-services/the-nguru-program.aspx
Availability: 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week.    

Nguru supports members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, who have experienced sexual assault, and their families. They provide free, confidential and culturally appropriate crisis and ongoing counselling, support, advocacy and information about medical and legal options. Nguru is part of Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC). 

Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team (SACAT)

T: 131 444
Availability: Round the clock - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week    

SACAT is a specialised police team that works in the area of sexual assault and child abuse. This team is specially trained to take statements from survivors of sexual assault, as well as to investigate these matters. If you choose to you can ask to be referred by the ACT Police.

Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Care (FAMSAC)

T: 02 6244 2185 (9am-5pm) or 02 6244 222 (after hours)
Availability: Round the clock - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week    

FAMSAC provides forensic and medical sexual assault care to people who have experienced sexual assault. FAMSAC is located at The Canberra Hospital.