Safety and first aid

Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)

The Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) is a free service located in Perth providing crisis services to people who have experienced a recent sexual assault (rape) in the last two weeks; and counselling for sexual assault or sexual abuse experienced recently or in the past.

Services are available for people of all sexualities and gender identities aged 13 years and above.

See the SARC website (external site) for further details on sexual assault, coping resources and SARC services.

SARC crisis services

If you’ve been sexually assaulted or raped in the last two weeks, SARC can provide three types of service:

  • crisis medical services related to sexual assault
  • forensic evidence collection related to sexual assault
  • crisis counselling services related to sexual assault.

Contact the SARC 24-hour Crisis Line any time of the day or night, seven days a week call (08) 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888 (free call from landlines)

See more about crisis services (external site).

SARC counselling services

SARC can provide two types of counselling support.

  • Crisis telephone support if you are in emotional crisis from an unwanted sexual experience (recently or in your past).
    Call (08) 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888 (freecall from landlines) between 8:30am and 11pm, any day of the week.
  • Face-to-face counselling for any sexual assault or sexual abuse experienced recently or in the past. (In situations such as a pandemic, when it is not possible to offer face-to-face counselling, an online appointment may be offered)
    Call to request an appointment on (08) 6458 1828 between 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Face-to-face counselling is offered from Subiaco and several centres throughout Perth.

See more about counselling services (external site).

Support information

There is a selection of information resources for survivors of sexual violence and their supporters on the SARC website. These include a ‘Care Package’ for Survivors and a ‘Supporter’s Guide’ for family, friends and supporters.

See the information resources (external site).

Cost

SARC services are free.

Contacting SARC

  • (08) 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888 (free call from landlines)
    Crisis line for recent sexual assaults, 24-hours, 7 days
    Crisis counselling 8.30am-11pm, 7 days
    Request a counselling appointment or advice, 8.30-4.30, Monday to Friday
  • (08) 6458 1820
    Change a counselling appointment and other general enquiries, 8.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday

In a medical emergency

  • For serious medical injuries or bleeding, get medical help as soon as possible. Go to the nearest hospital emergency department or call triple zero 000 and ask for an ambulance.
  • If you are in danger now, call triple zero 000 and ask for police.

Where to get help

Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)

  • 24 hour crisis line for recent sexual assault – phone (08) 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888 (free from land line only)
  • Crisis telephone counselling between 8.30am and 11.00pm daily – phone (08) 6458 1828

Alternatively

  • In an emergency situation, go to the nearest hospital emergency department
  • See your doctor
  • Country residents may be able to access services in their local area – a list of country resources is available on the SARC website under ‘Information resources’

Last reviewed: 25-03-2022
Acknowledgements

Sexual Assault Resource Centre


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