WestCASA (Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault Inc.) is a community based not-for-profit sexual assault counselling service operating in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne for the past 24 years. WestCASA moved to its beautiful Edwardian home at 53 Ballarat Road in March 1989.
WestCASA provides a 24 hour crisis care service in conjunction with the Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL).
WestCASA aims to both facilitate the recovery and healing of victim/survivors of sexual assault and work toward the elimination of sexual violence in society. The service vision is for a world where everyone lives free from the fear of sexual violence.
To achieve this vision, WestCASA provides a range of post-trauma and community education services, including:
Crisis care for recent victims/survivors of sexual assault in partnership with the Victorian Police Sexual offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) from Footscray and Western Health through Sunshine Hospital’s Emergency Department.
Counselling for victims/survivors of sexual assault, their families, partners and friends.
Advocacy and referral for victims/survivors of sexual assault
Telephone support and information.
Secondary and clinical consultation with other professionals working with victims/survivors of sexual assault
Education and training for the community, professionals, groups and agencies in the Western region.
WestCASA is a member of the CASA Forum. The Victorian CASA Forum is the peak body of the 15 Centres Against Sexual Assault, and the Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL, the after-hours telephone support and crisis co-ordination service).
Together we work to ensure that men, women and children who are victim/survivors of sexual assault have access to comprehensive and timely support and intervention to address their needs.
We also work towards the elimination of sexual violence through community and professional education, informing government policy, advocating for law reform and facilitating research to increase community understanding of the nature and incidence of sexual assault.