Support services

Blue Knot Foundation is the National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma. Blue Knot empower recovery and build resilience for adults impacted by complex trauma. This includes 1 in 4 adult Australians who have experienced childhood trauma. Blue Knot Foundation supports survivors and those who support them. They facilitate Trauma training and building trauma-informed communities. Blue Knot draw upon research and practise evidence to inform complex trauma treatment, including child sexual abuse.

For more information from Blue Knot Foundation for supporters, survivors, workers, training, resources and how to get involved, go to the website here

If you have experienced childhood trauma, you can speak with a Blue Knot Helpline trauma counsellor including for support and applications around national redress

1300 657 380 Monday – Sunday between 9am – 5pm AEDT or via email


Organisational Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Service-Delivery

 The Organisational Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Service-Delivery inform diverse audiences, from the human services and legal sectors to health professionals and first responders, to understand how to consider the possibility of trauma in people’s lives and work in ways which empower recovery and minimise the risks of additional trauma. The guidelines will revolutionise trauma-informed responses to the growing social impacts of the trauma crisis in Australia, particularly given the global health pandemic. To view Dr Cathy Kezelman, President of Blue Knot Foundation interviewing Pam Stavropoulos, Head of Research about the newly revised Trauma Informed Organisational Guidelines go here

Bravehearts provides industry-leading child protection training and education programs, specialist child sexual assault and exploitation counselling and support services, as well as engaging in research and lobbying.

Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN) works to break down the stigma and myths associated with childhood sexual abuse by raising public awareness, up-skilling frontline service providers and advocating for the implementation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommendations.

SAMSN is a not-for-profit charity that employs qualified staff to provide Planned support and counselling for men, their families, and supporters. SAMSN also runs Eight-week Support Groups and Monthly Drop-in Meetings for men, Supporters & Survivors Workshops as well as one-day workshops for service providers.

SAMSN has been developed through collaboration between survivors and professionals and operates within a trauma-informed framework.


ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies

ACU has established expertise in protecting children, including a dedicated research unit, the ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS). ICPS contributed ground-breaking research to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, examining children and young people’s views and experiences of safety in institutions. We also have an established record in development and delivery of safeguarding programs and courses to support institutions in creating safer cultures for children and young people.

Go here for further ACU ICPS Research and resources

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Information

SNAICC is the national non-governmental peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. SNAICC works for the fulfilment of the rights of Indigenous children, to ensure their safety, development and well-being.

Further information about SNAICC’s policy and research, sector development, resources, membership and news and events you can visit their website here

Online Safety

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is committed to keeping Australians safe online. The eSafety Office promotes online safety education for Australian young people, educators and parents. The eSafety Commissioner provides a complaints mechanism for young people who experience serious cyberbullying, and for Australians to report illegal or offensive online content. eSafetyWomen is another important arm of its program – empowering women to take control of their online experiences.

sexual assault support lines


1800RESPECT national helpline: 1800 737 732

Sexual Assault Counselling Australia: 1800 211 028 


Sexual Assault Crisis Line (VIC): 1800 806 292

NSW Rape Crisis Counselling Service: 1800 424 017

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (ACT): (02) 6247 2525

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (NT): (08) 8922 6472 (Darwin) or (08) 8952 6075 (Alice Springs)

Sexual Assault Helpline (QLD): 1800 010 120

Yarrow Place (SA): (08) 8226 8787

Sexual Assault Support Service (TAS): 1800 697 877

Other resources that can help

LGBTIQ+ Violence Service: 1800 497 212

Victims of Crime (or your state or territory’s Victims of Crime service): 1800 819 817