Frequently Asked Questions About Support
Do I have to talk about what happened to me?
Many people think that coming for support means talking about what happened. Your story is yours, and you do not have to talk about what happened to you at any point in Support. Many survivors want to focus on the impact their experience have had on their lives. Some survivors find it helpful to talk about what happened, some don’t. There is no right way or wrong way to engage with Support, what is important is that you gain a benefit from the process.
Will I have the same Support Worker each time?
Yes, Support is provided by the same worker each session. This is to reduce the number of times you have to go over any subject and have continuity throughout your time at RASAC P&K.
Where will I get Support?
It is your choice; at the Centre in Perth (face to face) or in another location your feel comfortable such as your home, private space in your school or a community building. We can also provide Support by phone, email, or video. We put you at the centre of your support, so we will always try to accommodate your needs and what makes you feel comfortable.
What if I don’t get on with my Support Worker?
Sometimes, as in all relationships, people don’t ‘click’ or it is not the right fit for you, and that is okay. You can call up the centre and speak to any member of the team or email and explain that you would like to change your support worker, this can be for any reason, and you do not have to tell us why. As we are a person-centred service you make all the choices around your support, including who supports you.
What is an initial appointment?
An initial appointment is your first appointment with us. It is a short appointment, where we find out a little about you and what type of support or service you may benefit from. Once this appointment is completed you are placed on the waiting list for the service that you have chosen.
What happens in Support?
Support is a safe place for you to talk about what you want to talk about, you lead each session. Support can be a space for you to be listened to without judgment or pressure, it can also include looking at coping strategies, and memory work but everyone will have their own unique experience of Support.
What if I don’t think support is for me after I start?
As we are a person-centred service, you make your choices every step of the way. If you decide if you want to stop support for any reason, we will respect your wishes. This can happen for many reasons; home life is too busy, talking about it feels overwhelming just now, you are focusing on work. However, you can re-refer at any time in the future if you feel that you are ready.
I don’t feel safe around men, is your centre women only?
We are a women’s centre; however we occasionally have men in the centre. Sometimes for professional meetings with RASAC P&K Staff or family members of survivors. We also support boys between the ages of 12-18. However, we also have ‘women only’ protected times where there are no men on the premises. If you feel safer knowing that men won’t be on the premises, we can always arrange your appointment during these protected hours. Just let us know.
When I tell people what happened to me, they can’t handle it, how do I know I can trust you with my story?
All our support team have had extensive training in understanding sexual violence, in all its forms, before they ever provide any support. There is very little we have not heard before and we never make judgement of your life experiences, coping strategies and the choices you make. You are the expert in the room when it comes to your life and are here to listen, believe and support.