Coolangatta to Coomera
Summary of Service
GCCASV is a free, confidential service for women of all ages. It provides a safe, supportive, woman-centred environment in which sexual violence survivors can become aware of their own strengths and gain confidence and control of their lives.
Any female over the age of 15 who has ever experienced any form of sexual violence may contact the service and organise an appointment. Referrals from other professionals or support people will be confirmed by GCCASV directly with the woman.
GCCASV’s professional and qualified counsellors have an eclectic and client-centred approach, which means we acknowledge that there are a variety of interventions and different ones will work for different women. We operate within a holistic, feminist framework, which means we always:
- Focus on your needs
- Work with you at your pace to explore thoughts and feelings
- Provide a safe space to consider issues
- Respect individual coping strategies and help to find strategies not used before
- Provide choices and options when exploring any difficulties being experienced
- Help you to gain control in your life
- Acknowledge power imbalances within society
- Acknowledge sexual violence as gender based violence
Programs and Initiatives
We provide crisis support, counselling, practical support through related legal and medical procedures, and therapeutic and educational groups to victims and survivors of immediate and/or past sexual violence. These services are free of charge and do not require a referral.
- Counselling appointments
- Face to face
- Video (telehealth)
- Therapeutic & educational groups
GCCASV provides closed support groups for current clients to connect with other survivors of sexual violence while learning new skills such as mindfulness, vision boarding, and building sensory toolkits. Groups are advertised internally and through our client newsletter.
We also provide information and support to partners, friends and relatives of women who have experienced sexual violence.
Community Education and Training
We are committed to building communities free from violence and changing the way individuals and institutions respond to women who have experienced violence.
- Development and dissemination of a wide range of resources available schools, community groups, parents, and professionals
- Public education campaigns including ‘Start By Believing’, Sexual Violence Awareness Month in October, and ongoing social media advocacy and activism
- Education to school students and the general community on sexuality and respectful relationships
- Training for tertiary education institutions, workplaces, government, and non-government organisations on recognising and responding to sexual violence
Some educational and training activities we are funded to provide, and others may incur a non-profit fee. Packages can be tailored for particular groups. If you would like to discuss educational opportunities further, please contact us.
Waiting Space/Safe Space
It is recognised that some women attending the centre may have limited child care options and will need to bring their children with them. Unfortunately, there is no child care available at the centre. There are toys and a TV in the waiting room and children are welcome to wait here during counselling sessions. However, children remain the mother’s responsibility and at times it may be necessary to interrupt counselling to attend to their needs.
Although GCCASV is a women’s centre, we appreciate that some women may wish to have a male support person accompany them to appointments. If we are notified in advance that a client wishes to be supported by a male, we can make appropriate arrangements to ensure everyone’s comfort and safety.
Please advise of any accessibility requirements.