Seeking Support

Discussing child sexual abuse can be difficult. The Royal Commission has reminded us that is especially so for survivors telling their story for the first time, their families and professional staff supporting them.

The Royal Commission provides an extensive list of care and support services which can be found at Support Services. These services connect people with counsellors or special support groups.

Services marked as ‘Government Funded’ have been funded by the Australian Government to assist people affected by child abuse.

24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling, information and referral for anyone in Australia who has experienced or been impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence. Staffed by trauma specialist counsellors.

Adults Surviving Child Abuse

National professional phone counselling, information and support for adult survivors of child abuse with referral database of experienced professionals and agencies 9-5 EST, 7 days.  Workshops for survivors, workshops for family members, partners and friends. Professional development for health professionals also available.
Face to face
Government Funded

Australian Childhood Trauma Group

Professional support.

Australian Federal Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse team

Qualified police trained to assist with responding to allegations of child abuse.


Specialist case management, counselling and telephone counselling for child and adult survivors, non-offending family members and friends.  Services include counselling, support engaging with the Royal Commission, preparation of written statements, attending private sessions and public hearings.
Face to face
Government Funded

Care Leavers Australia Network

Support and advocacy for people who grew up in Australian orphanages, children’s homes and in foster care, and their families. Counselling and case management available. Support provided to engage with the Royal Commission including preparation of written submissions and support attending both private and public hearings.
Face to face
Government Funded

Child Wise

Trauma informed telephone and online counselling for childhood abuse. Training and organisational capacity building on child abuse prevention.
Government Funded

Find and Connect NSW

Support and counselling for Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. Including family tracing and access to care records.

Link Up NSW Aboriginal Corporation

Provides counselling, healing and culturally appropriate support for indigenous Australians.
Government Funded

MensLine Australia

A national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns.
Government Funded

NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV)

ECAV is a state-wide unit responsible for training programs in the specialised areas of adult and child sexual assault, domestic and Aboriginal family violence and physical and emotional abuse and neglect of children.

Open Place

Support service for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. Incorporating Find and Connect.
Government Funded

Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia

24/7 phone counselling provided nationally. Face to face counselling provided within New South Wales and Victoria.

Relationships Australia

Family and relationship counselling as well as a range of specialist counselling services.
Face to Face (at specified locations)
Government Funded

Relationships Australia NSW & ACT

Individual and family counselling. Intake and referral to additional specialist support services for people effected by the Royal Commission

Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA)

Free, confidential counselling and support for men who have experienced any form of sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Services – NSW Health – NSW Government

Information, counselling, court support for anyone who has been sexually assaulted in NSW.
Face to face

Suicide Call Back Service

24/7 counselling for people 18 years and over who are suicidal, caring for someone who is suicidal or people bereaved by suicide.

Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN)

Facilitated groups and workshops for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their families.

Victims Access Line

Single entry point for Victims of Crime in NSW to assist them in accessing services, including counselling and support.
Victims Access Line1800 633 063
Aboriginal Contact Line1800 019 123