CASA Central Victoria
03 5441 0430
(Mon to Fri, 9am-5pm)
Sexual Assault Crisis Line
1800 806 292
all other times
CASA Central Victoria
03 5441 0430
(Mon to Fri, 9am-5pm)
Sexual Assault Crisis Line
1800 806 292
all other times

About us

What is CASA Central Victoria?

The Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) Central Victoria is one of 15 CASAs throughout Victoria. It is a not-for-profit, government funded organisation that provides trauma informed counselling, advocacy and support for people who have experienced a recent or historical sexual assault. The service is also available for family and community members who have also felt impacted. CASA also offers specialized advocacy, secondary consultation, community education and professional training within the community and across the sector.

For people who have experienced a recent sexual assault we provide 24-hour crisis care that includes counselling, support, information and advocacy for medical care and legal options.

We also deliver family focused, prevention and early intervention services to children (0- 18 years) who have engaged in problematic or abusive sexualised behaviours.

We are co-located in the MDC in Bendigo

CASA is within the Bendigo Multi-disciplinary Complex (MDC) in Bendigo along with:

  • Victoria Police Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT)
  • Child Protection Child Sexual Offences Investigation Team
  • Bendigo Community Health Services – Community Health Nurse
  • Victims of Crime Program.

Learn more about the MDC Bendigo

Read more about the benefits of our co-location with these other services.

Professional perceptions report

Why we exist

For more than 40 years CASA has been working to transform society and change the systemic drivers of sexual violence.

We have made substantial achievements in enhancing sectors response to sexual assault through education, advocacy, research and specialised therapeutic services to adults, children and their family members.

CASA works alongside people who have experienced sexual assault to support and advocate on their behalf. This includes care and support during criminal justice proceedings and forensic medical procedures.

We also work extensively with Police, and the legal, medical and child protection systems, to advocate for better system responses for victims and families.

Our History

The Centre Against Sexual Assault was established originally in 1979 with Queen Victoria Medical Centre to provide a 24 hour counselling service to victims of sexual assault. This ultimately led to the establishment of first Government funded Sexual Assault Centre.

In 1984 Bendigo CASA was established to provide a range of services for adults and children who had experienced sexual assault. In 2015 CASA moved into a multidisciplinary center (MDC).

Our therapeutic approach

Our therapeutic approach focuses on the presenting issues related to the experience of sexual assault or abuse. This includes the emotional, psychological, developmental, economic and social consequences. Central to our approach is that a person is not asked to retell their experience.

We provide vital therapeutic counselling, support and advocacy for people impacted by sexual assault, to enable them to heal from trauma. We advocate on behalf of adults and children and young people to have their needs heard and upheld by others. We provide support, education and guidance to parents and carers of children and young people to enable them to keep children happy, safe and healthy.

We support professionals working with adults, young people and children to be more responsive to the needs of those impacts by sexual violence. We work across communities to strength peoples understanding of the drivers of sexual violence and how to keep children and young people safe.

Our caring and experienced staff can assist in helping you to consider the options that are available to you such as reporting to the Police, receiving medical care, making a police statement or having a or forensic medical examination. If you do not want to make a statement to police we can also assist by providing emotional support and if appropriate, offering a general medical appointment to ensure that you’re okay. We can also offer you an appointment to meet with one of our counsellors the following business day to make sure your needs are met and discuss your options and care.

Our service provides 24 hour immediate crisis care and support for anyone who has experienced a recent sexual assault (in the past 14 days) and needs urgent support.

Our theoretical framework

We operate from a structuralist human right, feminist analysis of sexual assault. CASA is committed to addressing the gender, cultural, social, economic and class inequalities which result in the perpetration of sexual assault and violence against women and children.

We operate within the framework of the Victims’ Rights Model of service delivery in which survivors’ rights are central.

 

Knowledge and understanding of the individual, cultural, social and universal context of the lives of women, men and children is fundamental to enable services to respond consistently and appropriately to the range and diversity of needs of people who have experienced sexual assault.

Our Values

Our work is guided by feminist principles that acknowledge that sexual assault arises from a power imbalance, usually between men and women, and men and children. Sexual assault is a violent act which occurs regardless of age, class, culture and race. Men’s exercise of power over women and children can be reinforced by myths and attitudes held in the home, workplace and the community.

CASA Central Victoria advocates for change by educating and empowering the community to dispel myths and attitudes that perpetuate violence and power inequities. We will work towards a safer community, encouraging and promoting changes within society to address gender inequities and the abuses of power.

Our guiding principles

Social justice

Equity, inclusion and human rights are embedded within our organisation.

Integrity, safety, respect and empowerment

Are integrated in every aspect of our service delivery and governance.

Quality and accountability

Our work is evidence based, measured and accountable to our clients and the community

Feminist

We work within a feminist framework to challenge and reform structural gender inequities.

Strategic Plan 2018 - 2023

Our Board

We are governed by a group of passionate professionals that guide and inform our work and actions.

Further governance information about CASA Central Victoria can be found in the following PDFs:

Strategic Plan 2018 - 2023

Work with Us

Our aim is to reduce the impacts of sexual abuse on children and adults, and reduce the incidents of abuse within families and communities. We provide trauma informed specialist counselling, advocacy and support and our work encompasses research, education and raising community awareness of the nature of abuse, its impacts and how to prevent its occurrence.

Why work for CASACV?

CASACV is a values-based organisation and employer of choice. CASACV is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. We welcome applications from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders, people with disability and people who identify as LGBTIQA+. We are committed to Equal Employment Opportunity principles, Anti-Discriminatory Practice.

We are committed to the wellbeing of our team members and we provide a number of complementary benefits to our staff, some of our benefits include:

  • Generous above award entitlements
  • Flexible and part time working arrangements
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Salary packaging
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Positive workplace culture

 All positions are subject to a satisfactory Police Check and valid Working with Children Check.

All CASACV employees abide by CASACV Code of Conduct, Policy and Procedures.

Positions Currently Available

Adults Counselling Team – Team Leader 

The Role:

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and experienced person to join the Centre Against Sexual Assault Central Victoria (CASACV) to provide day to day operational and clinical leadership for Adults Counselling Team.

  • Location: Bendigo 
  • Full time role (part-time 0.8FTE may be considered)
  • Salary range $98,622 – $106,000 with generous salary packaging
  • Ongoing Contract – subject to funding

About You:

You hold a tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Family Therapy, Counselling or related discipline and have an understanding of the gendered nature of violence, and the impact of trauma on adults, young people and their families. You have strong clinical expertise and highly developed understanding of trauma informed practice, sexual assault and the causes and impacts of sexual violence. You have demonstrated experience and the ability to lead and manage a team in therapeutic services including clinical assessment, treatment and advocacy.

How to Apply:

Download and read the Position Description which outlines the key selection criteria.

Team Leader _Adults Counselling Team_Position Description

Applicants must address the key selection criteria listed in the position description to be eligible.

Enquiries: San- Clinical Services Manager on 5441 0430

Please email CV, Letter of Introduction and response to key selection criteria to:

casacv@casacv.org.au Subject: Adults Counselling Team – Team Leader 


 

Counsellor Advocate – Children Youth and Families Team 

The Role:

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and experienced person to join the the Children, Youth and Families Team to provide specialist counselling to children, young people and their families that have experienced sexual assault, and to support their non-offending family or friends. You will also participate in conducting therapeutic assessments and facilitating trauma-informed therapeutic group work.

  • Location: Bendigo with outreach requirements.
  • Full time role (part-time 0.8FTE may be considered)
  • Generous salary packaging
  • 12 month contract – extension may be possible subject to funding

About you:

You will hold a tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Family Therapy, Counselling or related discipline and have an understanding of the gendered nature of violence, and the impact of trauma on children, young people and their families. You will have a sound understanding of the complexities of the service system, a demonstrated ability to provide therapeutic services including clinical assessment, treatment and advocacy.

How to Apply:

Download and read the Position Description which outlines the key selection criteria.

Counsellor Advocate - Children Youth and Families Team_Position Description

Applicants must address the key selection criteria listed in the position description to be eligible.

Enquiries: San- Clinical Services Manager on 5441 0430

Please email CV, Letter of Introduction and response to key selection criteria to:

casacv@casacv.org.au Subject: Counsellor Advocate – Children Youth and Families Team 

 

Student Placement Program

CASA offers a student placement program for tertiary students within a research, clinical or project-based capacity. We are currently taking Expressions of Interest for the next Student Intake.

We provide placements to final year students from psychology, social work and counselling disciplines.

Please contact us by email: advocacy@casacv.org.au