The Victorian CASA Forum is the peak body of the 15 Centres Against Sexual Assault, and the Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (after hours). Together we work to ensure that women, children and men who are victim/survivors of sexual assault have access to comprehensive and timely support and intervention to address their needs. We also work towards the elimination of sexual violence through community and professional education, informing government policy, advocating for law reform and facilitating research to increase community understanding of the nature and incidence of sexual assault.
The Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault Forum is committed to developing and implementing strategies which will:
- ensure victim/survivors of sexual assault have access to services which are responsive and appropriate to their needs, empowering the service users to make informed choices.
- ensure provision of accessible, sensitive, confidential and culturally and developmentally appropriate quality services.
- ensure that the education and training of health workers, legal personnel and allied professionals reflects an understanding of and a sensitivity to the needs and concerns of victim/survivors of sexual assault.
- work to prevent women, children and men becoming victims of sexual assault, through community and professional education, public awareness strategies and media.
- ensure that government policy and the practices of government bodies are relevant and responsive to the needs of victim/survivors of sexual assault.
- advocate for reforms to the legal system, policing procedures and judicial matters which impinge on the rights of victim/survivors of sexual assault.
- participate in regional, state and national planning processes that have an impact on services for women, children and men.
- advocate for the adequate resourcing of CASAs across the state.
- participate in or facilitate research about sexual assault of women, children and men to enhance society's understanding of the sexual assault area.