Sexual assault counselling and support
Zig Zag’s Sexual Assault Service provides information, advocacy, referral, support and counselling services to young women aged between the ages of 12 and 25 who have experienced sexual assault.
The service recognises that young women face unique issues when dealing with the effects of sexual assault, and that they are less likely to be believed or supported.
Young women are often more vulnerable to abuse from both individuals and institutions and often do not have the independent resources to access support and services. Young women can access short, medium or long term counselling depending on their needs and will be offered regular opportunities to review the counselling process to ensure that it is meeting their needs.
A Zig Zag counsellor will:
be a safe person to be with
listen to young woman’s story and believe her
provide information about what counselling is so young women know what to expect
build a relationship with the young woman that is based on honesty, openness and respect
provide ideas and options about ways to explore her thoughts and feelings through writing, talking, art and group work
provide information that allow young women to make informed choices
encourage and support young women in the decisions they make and respect her choices
help young women to find supports in her community
provide a confidential service
help young women to rediscover their own inner strengths and build on them
We’re here to help break the silence.
We’ll listen and provide support.
Accessing our support and counselling
Our support is available at 3 locations for young women aged 12-25 years who have survived sexual violence. To book an appointment at any location call Zig Zag on 3843 1823.
This is Zig Zag’s main location with an experienced team to support young women.
Where: 575 Old Cleveland Road, Camp Hill
This counselling is offered as part of the Brisbane Southwest Support Service.
Where: Richlands Community Centre, 57 Old Progress Road, Richlands
Zig Zag offers information, support and counseling at Zillmere to young women who live in the Brisbane North region.
Where: Micah Wellspring Hub, 75 Dunsford Street, Zillmere
BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT
A young woman or someone close to her can ring Zig Zag on 3843 1823 and ask to speak to one of our sexual assault workers.
If our counselling service is appropriate for the young woman, the worker will then arrange to meet with her for an initial appointment. This is an opportunity for the young woman to talk about her needs and to find out what counselling is all about so that she can make her own informed decision regarding coming to Zig Zag. A young woman can bring a support person with her to the appointment.
Other ways we can help
Zig Zag aims to provide a safe and supportive environment where young women can ‘break the silence’ surrounding their experiences of sexual assault, reduce the isolation that they feel, and learn tools for managing the impact of their experiences.
Zig Zag runs a range of group programs throughout the year from one-off workshops to closed group programs over several weeks. Contact us to get more information about upcoming groups.
The Zig Zag Sexual Assault Service produces a number of information resources for young women and the general community. These resources include general information about sexual assault, its impact on young women, and how support can help.
In addition to this Zig Zag produces and publishes a range of resources for human services workers and professionals that provides guidance and a good practice framework when responding appropriately to young women survivors of sexual assault.