The Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre (BRISSC) is a support service for people who are affected by sexual violence.
BRISSC was established in 1981 by the Women's Community Aid Association (WCAA).
WCAA had been operating a number of services supporting women and children since 1975. By 1981 WCAA workers had noticed a need for a specialised service for women survivors of sexual violence, working across a woman's life span and considering historic child sexual abuse. They opened a 72 hour phone line for women to call in with their experiences of sexual violence and to discuss their support needs. The phone rang day and night for 3 days.
A case was put forward for WCAA to facilitate a sexual violence survivor support service, and this service was established. After numerous chapters and different funding arrangements, today WCAA's sexual violence service is called BRISSC.
At BRISSC we offer support, information, and resources to survivors of sexual violence and their supporters. We also offer community education programs, training, and group work activities.
BRISSC currently provides:
BRISSC is a non-government organisation operating with funds allocated through the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability.
All phone and face-to-face support services offered at BRISSC are free of charge. We are currently funded to be open only 4 days per week so are open Monday to Thursday.
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We can arrange an interpreter.