Canberra Rape Crisis Centre

Have you, or someone you know, been sexually assaulted?

We are a non-governmental, Feminist organization working to eliminate sexual violence against women, young people, children, and men.

Providing crisis lines, counselling, advocacy, and community education programs to women, young people, children and men. We also provide specialised services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Important update – Covid-19 Response

Update 26th of March 2020

As we see the further changes impact our lives in every way as a result of COVID-19, CRCC understands that we are all in uncertain times. We know for people already living with the effects of trauma, these changes are more difficult to navigate. Although this week CRCC has had to shift service provision to address the responsibility we all have to look out for each other and try collectively to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are still available and able to assist for those in our community who are struggling with the impacts of sexual violence occurring now or impacts surfacing now for sexual assault that occurred long ago.

We have moved Counselling, Crisis Appointments and Advocacy to Phone appointments. Current clients have been contacted to arrange phone sessions. Clients on the waiting list for Counselling at CRCC will be contacted to have Counselling offered via phone session.

Intake appointments will be offered gathering limited information for what is appropriate for phone contact. People will be then offered phone Counselling through the intake process.

Call Outs to Police to report sexual violence, and access to forensic services will still occur 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The 24 hour Call Out line remains fully operational. Forensic medical services will be attended by CRCC, where directed by the Police and the Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Care(FAMSAC)

1800RESPECT continues to operate normally for those impacted by sexual or domestic violence.


The CRCC Crisis Line (62472525) remains operational from 7 am-11 pm 7 days per week for:

  • Immediate assistance related to recent sexual violence including services provided by Police and FAMSAC
  • Those struggling with impacts of trauma from long ago
  • Those who have remembered abuse for the first time
  • Those who struggle daily with the effects and impacts of complex trauma
  • Information, support, referral for victims of sexual assault and their supporters- as well as professionals, organizations and community groups.
  • Information and support about Redress Services
  • Support and information for those impacted by sexual misconduct in sports- 1800 ASC HELP(1800 272 4357)
  • Crisis Intervention, crisis support
  • Support for non-offending parents, carers and concerned adults who have had disclosures of sexual assault from their children, children in their care or children that they know. This also includes disclosures from young people.
  • People feeling the impacts of trauma are compounded by COVID-19

Counselling and advocacy services remain operational via phone contact for:

  • Women, young people, children, and families- as well as their supporters
  • Men through the Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault(SAMSSA)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, through NGURU
  • Survivors of child sexual abuse within institutions seeking Redress Support Services
  • People who have recently been sexually assaulted
  • People who have remembered historical abuse for the first time
  • People living with disabilities
  • People impacted by sexual misconduct or abuse within the sport
  • ANU Students

We will reassess this throughout the coming days and weeks and provide information of any changes to circumstances or functions of CRCC services.

CRCC is able to be flexible to continue to provide services to clients and the community. We will communicate any adjustments throughout networks as we all navigate the weeks and months ahead.

Our Crisis Line is available from 7 am to 11 pm to those in the community who need support. Please reach out if you need to.  


Confidential counselling and advocacy for women and children who have experienced any form of sexual violence recently or in the past, and their supporters.

The Nguru Program

Support and access to counselling for women, men and children of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities and their families and supporters.

Redress Support Service

Providing support to people who have survived or witnessed sexual abuse in institutions to apply to the Australian Government for financial redress.

Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA)

The Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault offers counselling and support to men over the age of 16 in the ACT and surrounding region.

Furapy Healing Puppies

Furapy & Healing Puppies assists to train and certify suitable puppies for Service Dog or Therapy Dog status. Our training method is based on positive voice reward. Training is available for clients of CRCC / SAMSSA and people not already engaged with CRCC wanting to train their own pups. We are able to train and/or assess for the Public Access Test for ACT Legislation, under Transport and Animal Management. Please contact CRCC for further details. Furapy & Healing Puppies also have Therapy Dogs that are available for our clients undergoing trauma therapy with CRCC. The pups visits schools for education purposes, as well as Community Engagement training, and can go on Call Outs to Police to support victims of sexual violence.

Getting Help

If you have been sexually assaulted you can phone the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre on (02) 6247 2525. CRCC is available for any woman, child, young person or man who has experienced any form of sexual abuse (adult rape, childhood sexual abuse, ritual abuse or sexual harassment) whether it is recent or an assault that happened years ago.

How to Help

The Canberra Rape Crisis Centre is a Public Benevolent Institution, and endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient.

Every little bit helps, if you want to support our cause please refer to the link below.

Education & training

CRCC provides information, education, and training to community members and other non-government members, government agencies, service providers and schools about the effects & responses to sexual violence against women, children & men.


The Canberra Rape Crisis Centre has a wealth of resources and information that anyone can access. This includes information regarding what the law says regarding sexual offences, the legal process in reporting an assault and criminal proceedings and much more useful information.

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