What is Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse is a crime. Child sexual abuse is when an adult or someone older than the child uses his or her authority or power over the child, or takes advantage of the child’s trust and respect, to involve the child in sexual activity. These activities are both physical and non-physical.

Physical activity includes:

  • Touching children’s genitals or private parts for sexual pleasure
  • Encouraging or making a child touch their genitals, engage in sexual games which could include penetration.

Non-physical activity include:

  • Exposing an adult’s genitals to a child
  • Encouraging a child to watch or hear sexual acts
  • Photographing a child in sexual positions
  • Showing pornography to a child
  • Inappropriately watching a child undress or use the bathroom

Sexual Abuse Indicators

Often children will act out through their behaviours rather than telling us that something is upsetting them. Being aware of the changes in their behaviour is the first step to acknowledging that the child needs help and it’s time to seek advice.

Tips for Reporting

  1. The child’s name, address, age, family circumstances and language
  2. Your reason for suspecting that the child has been sexually abused
  3. Whether the family and/or perpetrator is aware of the report (if the non-offending parent(s) knows of the alleged abuse, whether any action has been taken to protect the child); and
  4. Any other information you consider relevant

The more information that you can provide, the greater the likelihood of an effective investigation.

If anyone is requiring immediate emergency services please call 000.

 

If you know of or suspect a child who may be experiencing any form of sexual abuse please contact your local DHS Child Protection Services.

Child Protection Contacts

After hours  13 12 78

During business hours ring the number covering the local government area (LGA) where the child lives.

 

Metrolopolitan

Northern and Western surburban LGA’s – 1300 664 977

Banyule, Brimbank, Darebin, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Yarra

 

Eastern surburban LGA’s – 1300 360 391

Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse, Yarra Ranges

 

Southern surburban LGA’s – 1300 655 795

Bayside, Cardinia, Casey, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip, Stonnington.

 

Rural and Regional

South-western rural and regional LGA’s – 1800 075 599

Colac-Otway, Corangamite, Glenelg, Greater Geelong, Moyne, Queenscliffe, Southern Grampians, Surf Coast, Warrnambool.

 

Western rural and regional LGA’s – 1800 000 551

Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Moorabool, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack.

 

North-western rural and regional LGA’s – 1800 675 598

Buloke, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Gannawarra, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mildura, Mount Alexander, Swan Hill.

 

North-eastern rural and regional LGA’s – 1800 650 227

Alpine, Benalla, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Mansfield, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga.

 

Eastern and south-eastern rural and regional LGA’s – 1800 020 202

Bass Coast, Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Latrobe, South Gippsland, Wellington.

 

Interstate

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – 1300 556 729
  • New South Wales (NSW) – 132 111
  • Northern Territory (NT) – 1800 700 250
  • Queensland (QLD) – (07) 3235 9999
  • South Australia (SA) – 131 478
  • Tasmania (TAS) – 1800 001 219
  • Western Australia (WA) – (08) 9325 1111

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Telephone Interpreting Service: – 131 450 (24 hours)

Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line: – 1800 806 292 (CASA)

 

Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) locations and phone numbers across Victoria are listed below.

North-West Metropolitan Southern Metropolitan
Brimbank: (03) 9313 3460Diamond Creek: (03) 9438 8320

Epping: (03) 9409 8100

Fawkner: (03) 9355 6100

Footscray: (03) 8398 9860

Melbourne: (03) 9247 5538

Dandenong: (03) 9767 7469Frankston: (03) 8770 1000

Moorabbin: (03) 9556 6124

Western Victoria Eastern Victoria
Ballarat: (03) 5336 6055Bendigo: (03) 5448 1425

Colac: (03) 5230 0043

Geelong: (03) 5223 7222

Horsham: (03) 5382 9241

Kyneton: (03) 5421 2927

Mildura: (03) 5023 5980

Swan Hill: (03) 5036 1600

Warrnambool: (03) 5560 1189

Bairnsdale: (03) 5150 2675Benalla: (03) 5762 1811

Box Hill: (03) 8892 3292

Knox: (03) 9881 7939

Morwell: (03) 5131 5090

Sale: (03) 5143 5000

Seymour: (03) 5735 0208

Shepparton: (03) 5820 5878

Wangaratta: (03) 5723 0895

Wodonga: (02) 6049 2600

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