Have you been sexually assaulted in custody?

  • Everyone has the right to feel safe.
  • Ask to speak with the Sexual Health nurse in the clinic for a confidential chat.
  • Use the knock up button in an emergency.

Most people who care about you want to help, but some may respond in ways that are not helpful.

Try to work out what you need and tell this to people close to you so they can help you.

If you want to report it to a Justice Health NSW staff member and don’t get the response that you want, then try another Justice Health NSW staff member.

There are services that Justice Health NSW can refer you to even though you are in custody. Read below to find out more.


Sexual Assault Services (NSW Health)

These services are in hospitals and community centres across NSW and available to people in custody.

Many provide 24-hour medical and counselling service for people who have been sexually assaulted.

These services are for all survivors no matter if you report the assault to the police or not.

They provide follow up and support after a sexual assault.

They also offer help if you decide to report the assault to the police and go to court.


NSW Police Force

A Sexual Assault is a serious crime. You may report it to the police at any time after the assault has occurred.

It is up to you when, and if, you report the sexual assault.

It will assist with the collection of evidence if you report it soon after the assault took place. Click here to find out more about reporting to the police.


Victims Services

Victims Services provide a range of services for all victims of crime in NSW.

This is accessed through Victim Access Line (VAL). VAL is a crises phone counselling service.

VAL provides information to access short term counselling, victims compensation, and referrals to services.



Many people find it helpful to access some counselling after going through an assault.

Counselling can help you to talk to someone outside your family and friendship groups. They can support you in many ways.

A counsellor can provide you with details about your legal rights as a victim. They can support and assist you to get through your recovery.

Some people choose not to see a counsellor right after the assault. The choice is yours when or if you speak to a counsellor.