Cairns Sexual Assault Services

If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse at any time in your life, you are not to blame.

Cairns Sexual Assault Service (CSAS) provides a free and confidential service for anyone affected by sexual violence. We provide the following for those seeking support:

  • Information and support for victims/survivors of sexual violence and their non-offending partners, family members, carers, friends or support people
  • Face-to-face and telephone counselling
  • Referral and advocacy throughout police and legal processes
  • In-service, secondary consultation and resources for professionals working with anyone who has experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse
  • 24-hour crisis support for anyone presenting at the Cairns Hospital Emergency Department or the police after a recent sexual assault
  • On-site clinical care, including STI checks, pregnancy testing and emergency contraception
  • Community education.

CSAS services are free and confidential. We have strict guidelines to ensure your information is private and secure. Any records of your contact with us are kept indefinitely, and you can access your records by request. More information on accessing records, privacy and confidentiality is available by contacting the service, and given in your first session.

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CSAS is an inclusive service supporting all people impacted by sexual violence (recent or historic) regardless of age, gender, sexual preference, ethnicity, religion, personal values or cultural background. Our sister service, True Child & Family Service, supports children and young people who have experienced sexual assault or child sexual abuse or who engage in sexually reactive behaviours.

If you require a support person or have specific communication (translator or sign interpreter), cultural or physical access needs, please let us know so appropriate arrangements can be made in advance.

Cairns Sexual Assault Service
Solander Building
182 Grafton Street, Cairns
(Opposite Martin Munro Parklands)

For all appointments, call CSAS on 07 4031 3590 or email [email protected]

For 24 hour National Sexual Assault Helpline, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

Referral and advocacy throughout police and legal processes

Whether or not you report a sexual assault to the police is an individual decision only you can make. You can either report historical sexual assault/abuse (may have happened months or years ago) or recent sexual assault (within the last few weeks).

There are several different reporting options below, which are also explained further in the CSAS booklet:

a) You can make a formal complaint to Queensland Police Service
b) You can make an informal complaint to Queensland Police Service
c) You can use the Queensland Police Service’s online Alternative Reporting Option 
d) You can choose not to report.

Whichever choice you make about reporting, you can always contact CSAS to access support, counselling and advocacy when reporting.
You may have many questions about reporting. You are encouraged to ask these of your support worker or the police.

To contact CSAS please call us on 4031 3590 or email [email protected]

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Cairns Sexual Assault Service is available by appointment only. If you are seeking immediate support, please call the National Sexual Assault Helpline 1800 RESPECT open 24hrs on 1800 737 732.

If you or someone else is in danger, please contact 000.

CSAS provides support, information, advocacy, counselling and education. If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse at any time in your life, you are not to blame.

The Solander Centre
182 Grafton Street
Cairns QLD 4870

PO Box 1678
Cairns QLD 4870
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P 07 4031 3590
07 4031 6017
[email protected]