- $800,000 expansion of Sexual Assault Resource Centre
- Expansion to include additional counselling and clinical psychologist services
- McGowan Government delivers on election commitment to expand sexual assault counselling and outreach services in Perth's northern suburbs
Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) clients will benefit from more counselling and outreach services after an $800,000 funding boost from the McGowan Government.
The Sexual Assault Resource Centre is a free and confidential service, which is part of the Women and Newborn Health Service, and provides specialist therapeutic counselling from seven outreach clinics for those affected by sexual assault (including rape) or abuse in the past.
It also provides a 24-hour emergency sexual assault (rape crisis) service in metropolitan Perth. This involves medical care, a forensic examination and counselling support to people who have been recently sexually assaulted (or raped).
In 2016-17, SARC treated 552 patients. The overall demand for SARC appointments and services has increased by 22 per cent over the past financial year, and it is anticipated the new funding will provide much needed support to about 80 extra clients a year in Perth's northern suburbs.
The funding boost over four years will provide additional counselling and clinical psychologist resources, as well as administration support. It will cut wait times at the Joondalup Outreach Service and significantly increase the number of appointments being made available to those who have experienced sexual assault.
Being able to provide increased specialist care and support to people who have experienced sexual abuse was a McGowan Government election commitment, aimed at helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
NOTE: To access SARC's 24-hour emergency service, call (08) 6458 1828 or Freecall from landlines on 1800 199 888.
Comment attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Seeking help after abuse is crucial to recovery. Delivering on this election promise will enable some of our most vulnerable community members to receive vital support services when they need them."
Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk:
"We know that nationally, over a million Australians have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime, which translates to around one in six women.
"Services like this are vital in supporting people who've experienced sexual assault."
Comment attributed to Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton:
"As the local MP, I'm delighted that this funding boost will enhance access to services through extra staff servicing Perth's rapidly growing northern suburbs, improving wait times for the Joondalup Outreach Service."
Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600