Sexual violence is an extremely serious crime. The effects can be traumatic and long lasting. The effects of sexual violence will vary, everyone is different.
Sexual violence is never the fault or responsibility of the victim-survivor.
Your safety and protection
It doesn’t matter how long ago the crime happened – or whether you have reported it to the police – you can still get help and support.
Sexual violence support services can give you practical advice about staying safe, help you decide whether you would like to report the crime to the police and support you when you make a report (if you want to do this).
Information in this section
This section has information about:
- what sexual violence is and what to do if you have experienced it
- support and assistance, including financial assistance
- reporting the crime to the police and the investigation,
- what to expect during the court process.
More information about sexual violence
Visit our website for people affected by sexual violence at
or read our factsheet for victims of sexual violence