Services

Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (ECASA)

Contact 24 hours:

PH: 1800 806 292 

 

For more information:

www.casa.org.au

www.secasa.com.au

Information in other languages:

www.casa.org.au/survivors-and-friends

ECASA provides counselling and advocacy services to women, children and men who have experienced sexual assault either recently or in the past. The service is also available to non-offending family members, partners and friends.

ECASA provides

  • Short to medium term counselling and advocacy
  • Telephone counselling and support
  • 24 hour access to crisis care services for adults who have been sexually assaulted during the last two weeks
  • Therapeutic Group work (for young women and adults who have experienced sexual assault)
  • Information and referral
  • Community education
  • Secondary consultation
  • Professional training
  • All counselling services are free of charge

ECASA has waiting times for counselling but priority is given to children, young people and people who have experienced a recent sexual assault.

You will be offered a duty appointment prior to being placed on our waiting list. This provides an opportunity for you to meet with a counsellor/advocate who can assess your needs and suitability for an ECASA service.

Eligibility Criteria

Self- referral of clients preferred, though calls to the duty counsellor/advocate by professionals with the potential client present are welcome.

People who have been sexually assaulted during the past two weeks are offered an immediate crisis care service.

Referral Information

ECASA provides counselling and advocacy services to women, children and men who have experienced sexual assault either recently or in the past. The service is also available to non-offending family members, partners and friends.

 

Frequently asked questions

ECASA keeps confidential case files. However there are limits to confidentiality where files are subpoenaed to court. Where safety concerns exist a Counsellor/Advocate will exercise their duty of care i.e. contacting mental health services if you are suicidal, Child Protection if you are currently being abused and are under 18 years or police if you disclose an assault by an adult and are 16 or under.

ECASA currently has a staff team of women and one man. The duty worker will ask if you have a preference for the gender of your counsellor/advocate.

You will be offered a duty appointment following your initial phone contact. At this appointment, the Counsellor/Advocate will conduct an assessment and help you to decide whether sexual assault counselling is your best option at that time.

ECASA is funded to provide short to medium term counselling. You may return for more than one episode of counselling over time.

No – unless you are 16 or less and have been assaulted by someone over 18 or you are under 18 and there are current protective concerns, i.e. a family member with whom you live assaulted you. Counsellor/advocates may discuss your options around reporting to police if this is something you are considering, but it is your decision.

ECASA Counsellor/Advocates will ask for basic information about your experience of sexual assault, but the focus for counselling is on the impact. If, however you decide to report to police, they will ask for the detail.

 

Address

Main office is in Ringwood East and outreach locations are at Healesville, Yarra Junction, Doncaster, Ferntree Gully, Hawthorn, Belgrave, Nunawading, Glen Waverley, and Deakin University (generally one day a week).

Contact

P 9870 7330 or 9870 7310 (Business Hours) or 1800 806 292 (24 hours)
F (03) 9879 8306
Email ecasa@easternhealth.org.au

Hours

Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm for counselling appointments at Ringwood East. Outreach locations – various days. 24 hour access to crisis care services (recent sexual assault) via the business hours phone number, or after hours via the statewide Sexual Assault Crisis Line (1800 806 292)

Recent victims reporting to police will also be brought to the ECASA crisis care unit.

Car Parking
On-site at Ringwood East, outreach location parking varies
Public Transport
Train to Ringwood East and close to most other outreach locations