Victoria’s largest centre for sexual assault and child abuse was officially opened on the 17-10-12 in Geelong.
Jack Blayney, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner, said the centre will make sexual assault and child abuse investigations top priority.
The centre brings together a variety of services under one roof, including crisis support, child protection and criminal investigation services.
Reported sexual offences, excluding rape, rose 29.5% in Geelong last year and on the Surf Coast reported sexual offences increased by an alarming 107.8%.
More than 500 reports of family violence were also made during this period of time.
Mary Wooldridge, Community Services Minister, said the new venture would minimise trauma on victims and increase evidence collection, it will keep children safe and hold perpetrators to account.
If you have been the victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault contact Victims of Crime Compensation Victoria for free, prompt and professional assistance, advice and support on 1800 000 055 or make an enquiry now at www.victimsofcrime.com.au