If you require urgent help
If you are in immediate danger, in fear for your own safety or the safety of others please call 000.
If you require immediate medical attention please call 000 for an Ambulance
If you would like to contact police for a non urgent matter, you can call 131 444 to speak with the ACT Police directly. You can ask to speak to a specialised sexual assault response team in ACT Police called SACAT (Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team).
Sexual assault support services
The ANU and the ACT community have a number of support services you can access as a survivor or support person.
All the support services listed below are free to access.
Contacting a support service or seeking help will will NOT be shown on your academic record.
Contacting a support service or seeking help will NOT affect your visa status.
1800 RESPECT - 24 Hour Phone Support
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.
T: 1800 737 732
Available hours: 1800 RESPECT is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC)
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 5 days a week. CRCC is a community based service which is also available off ANU campus.
T: 02 6247 2525
Available hours: The CRCC Crisis Line is available from 7am until 11pm, 7 days a week.
Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS)
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.
T: 02 6280 0900
Available hours: The DVCS Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA)
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).
T: 02 6247 2525
Available hours: SAMSSA is available through the CRCC crisis line, 7am until 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).
T: 02 6247 2525
Available hours: Nguru is available through the CRCC crisis line, 7am until 11pm, 7 days a week.
ANU has online resources to help you find the right support if someone you know has experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault.
ACT community support services
There are a range of support services available to people living in the ACT. All the support services listed below are free to access.
ACT Police services are available for emergency response, to report a crime and investigation of criminal matters.
T: 000 (Emergency) or 131 444 (non-urgent police assistance)
Available hours: ACT Police are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team (SACAT)
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)
FAMSAC provides forensic and medical sexual assault care to people who have experienced sexual assault. FAMSAC is located at The Canberra Hospital.
T: 02 6244 2185 (9am - 5pm), or 02 6244 2222 (after hours).
Available hours: FAMSAC is an on-call service that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.