Sexual Harm Assessment Clinic
A specialist sexual assault medical service can make sure you are okay after you have experienced any type of sexual violence (past or present) and help deal with any concerns you may have about your health.
If you have been sexually assaulted in the past 7 days
You will be offered a forensic sexual abuse examination, even if you are unsure if you will report it to the police. This kit will be stored for up to 3 months while you make your decision. If you don’t go to the police, this examination will help you by providing medical care, support and advice and access to ACC-funded counselling.
The team for acute sexual assault care can be contacted via the switchboards of Dunedin and Invercargill hospitals, the police, hospital emergency departments or during work hours via the SDHB’s sexual health service: 0800 742 546 (0800SHClinic).
If the assault or abuse occurred more than a week ago
Even if it was years ago, many people will still benefit from seeing a specialist service. The Sexual Harm Assessment Clinic is based at Dunedin Hospital and can be contacted via 0800 114 411 or email SHAC@southerndhb.govt.nz or via the Sexual Health clinic 0800 742 546.
You do not need to see a GP for a referral to these services or to Sexual Health Clinic – you can self refer. All visits are free and confidential.
There are also several online and phone services available for advice:
The Safe to Talk helpline can be accessed free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, text, website, online chat and email on:
OCASA (Otepoti Collective Against Sexual Abuse)