Queensland Sexual Assault Network Inc.
Why we are here
The Queensland Sexual Assault Network Inc. (QSAN) is a network of non-Government services. We are funded to provide specialist sexual assault counselling, support and prevention programs in Queensland. QSAN is the peak body for sexual violence prevention and support organisations in Queensland. We are committed to working collaboratively towards ensuring all Queenslanders who experience sexual violence – recently or historically, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background – receive a high quality response in line with best practice, client-centred principles. QSAN and its members strongly adhere to a gendered analysis of sexual violence. This is underpinned by trauma-informed approaches that meet survivors’ recovery and support needs.
QSAN member services are across the state of Queensland. Our services represent a depth and diversity of specialised knowledge and service delivery approaches. With gendered analysis and flexibility, the focus of this network has been to provide trauma-informed support for survivors of sexual violence (in particular those who are most vulnerable and at risk).
Within this breadth of service delivery is the benefit of specialised services (such as Murrigunyah, WWILD, Immigrant Women’s Support Service, Zig Zag and Living Well) and specialist programs that develop and share best practice responses to those who are
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
- Live with cognitive or intellectual disabilities
- Women and Young Women
- Men and Young Men
- Children and Young People engaging in sexually harmful behaviours
QSAN member services value cooperation, collaboration and support between services to achieve our aims of:
- Provide specialised knowledge and statewide consultation on issues of sexual violence and sexual assault service provision to Government, media, services, and communities.
- Lead social awareness and education on issues of sexual violence.
- Provide advice and submissions on policy and legislation reform pertaining to the elimination of sexual violence and community accountability.
- Promote professional development and support for sexual assault support workers in Queensland.
- Provide a forum for sharing information, knowledge, skills, and resources across Sexual Assault Support and Prevention Programs.
- Identify regional trends / needs and advocate / lobby for social, legal and political change to address issues of sexual violence.
- Support the development of statewide, national and international partnerships to advance community responses to sexual violence.
- Initiate and/or support the development of local and statewide campaigns and resources.
- Identify systemic issues pertaining to the management of funded Sexual Assault Support and Prevention services and advocate with funding bodies where appropriate regarding program and policy.
- Regularly liaise with Queensland Health-based Sexual Assault Services in Queensland to develop and strengthen coordinated responses to recent victims/survivors of sexual assault.
- Provide representation and maintain links with key national and state-wide organisations.