Claudia Baxter

Help for abuse victims

UP TO one in three women and one in five men will be sexually abused at some point in their lives - a statistic Phoenix House counsellor Katrina Holz hopes will soon become history.

"It's all about prevention. That's our ultimate goal," she said.

Mrs Holz said the not-for-profit Phoenix House was there to educate against sexual abuse and support those affected by it.

"We provide a 24-hour counselling service," she said.

"People can phone the sexual assault crisis line and that gets through to a Brisbane-based service that can refer to Phoenix House from there.

"If it's a rape, they can present at the base hospital and they will be asked if they if they want a sexual assault worker. We'll go to the hospital and be with them in whatever they go through. They can also contact police."

Who to call

Sexual assault and violence crisis line:

  • 1800737732
  • Police: 41539111
  • Phoenix House:
  • 41534299
  • Lifeline: 131114

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