Services for victim/survivors of sexual assault

Identifying needs, interventions and provision of services in Australia
ACSSA Issues No. 6 – December 2006

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Sexual violence is a multidimensional problem. In attempting to work sensitively and effectively with survivors in a way that contributes to them regaining control over their lives following the devastation of sexual assault, it is salutary to keep in mind that no single factor explains such violence and equally, no single person can overcome it. Just as sexual violence results from the complex interplay of individual, relationship, social and cultural and environmental factors, so, too, its solution must also involve all those who have the opportunity to reduce such violence and eliminate its preventable harms by working together, where possible, to build synergistic relationships.