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Making Rights Reality

About Making Rights Reality

Making Rights Reality is a program at the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SECASA) that provides extra help to adults and children with a disability who have experienced sexual assault or family violence. The program aims to make sure people with disabilities have equal access to counselling, the criminal justice system, and the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal, and is available across all SECASA sites.

The Making Rights Reality Program can provide outreach counselling appointments, or pay for transport if needed to get to police or courts.

All SECASA counsellor/advocates have access to regular training, resources and information through the Making Rights Reality Program to make sure they can adapt counselling and advocacy to suit each person. Eight easy read booklets about sexual assault and family violence written by SECASA as part of the Making Rights Reality Program are available by clicking on the relevant brochure link below.

  • Counselling After Sexual Assault

  • Crisis Care After Sexual Assault

  • Going to court

  • Health Check After Sexual Assault

  • Money After Sexual Assault

  • Sexual Assault & Family Violence

  • Making a Statement to Police

  • When Sex is Not Ok

Counsellor/Advocates at SECASA have been trained by Scope to work with people with complex communication needs, and some workers have been trained to use Scope’s Speak Up and Be Safe Resources

Adaptations and adjustments to meet access requirements, including use of easy read materials, consideration of sensory requirements, inclusion of preferred communication support, timing of sessions, outreach or telehealth appointments as needed, longer or shorter sessions, flexible therapeutic approaches, and work with supports and systems, including NDIS.

Outreach appointments are available with the SECASA/Springvale Monash Legal Service Joint Clinic, which helps people with applications to the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal

As part of the Making Rights Reality Program, SECASA coordinates the South Eastern Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships (SL&RR) Network. The network works with peer educators and other organisations in SECASA’s region, along with Deakin University, to run SL&RR workshops for adults with an intellectual disability.

SECASA has also worked closely with Women with Disabilities Victoria on projects such as the Gender and Disability Workforce Development Program.

Other aspects of the Making Rights Reality Program include:

  • Respectful Relationships Workshops
  • Disability Sector Resourcing and Development- building referral pathways, training on sexual assault, family violence and trauma-informed practice
  • Development and resourcing of counselling/advocacy practice within SECASA and the broader sexual assault sector
  • Collaborations with Disabled People’s Organisations and Self-Advocacy Organisations
  • Contributions to research projects on family violence, sexual assault and disability
  • Easy Read PDF
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