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Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA)
The Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA) was set up under the Federal Government’s National Initiative to Combat Sexual Assault.
The Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA) was set up under the Federal Government’s National Initiative to Combat Sexual Assault in Australia. It was an information centre for policy makers and service providers to help their work, and ultimately reduce sexual violence. Its key focus was sexual assault of women and girls over 15 years of age.
The main objectives of ACCSA were to:
provide policy-relevant data on sexual assault
promote research and best practice for interventions
raise awareness of sexual assault and its impact on the Australian community.
Other areas of interest:
adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
the effect of family structure, socio-economic background and location on sexual assault
sexual assault in CALD and Indigenous communities
non-familial sexual assault (e.g. date rape, stranger rape)
sexual assault of males
long-term effects of sexual assault, particularly re-victimisation and offending.
ACSSA collected, synthesised and summarised developments in:
research and evaluation
practice knowledge and resources
law reform and legislation
It also provided free advice and information to service providers to assist with program development and evaluation.
ACSSA Aware newsletters – Contained articles on developments in policy, practice and research in the area of sexual assault. They also included news, interviews, reviews and service profiles.
Briefing papers – Short discussions on key issues in relation to sexual assault
Issues papers – Longer papers covering key research, policy and practice issues