TELEPHONE SUPPORT TEAM
Safe Place Services offer telephone support to victims and their families who lodge a formal complaint with the Church (see the Allegations tab for details).
The support is offered through a team of professionals drawn from various health-related fields. They have relevant work and life experience and have undertaken specific training to work as telephone support counsellors.
The support is intended to assist a person (and/or family, if relevant) during an investigation to establish the facts of the abuse. Usually this is a Church-coordinated investigation. However, support may also be provided to victims who have allegations being examined by Courts, Tribunals, and professional member registration bodies/boards. These processes always take priority over a Church-conducted investigation and, if they are underway in-lieu of the Church's own investigation, it might be appropriate to access this support in some circumstances (this might depend, for example, on whether there is any legal or Police advice not to speak with someone from the Church or if a specialist service is better positioned to offer support).
To inquire about acessing telephone support, submit a request on the Contact SPS Now icon or phone during usual office hours (Sydney time) on +61 2 9487 5833.
All information submitted to Safe Place Services from this site is encrypted to ensure privacy and security.
OTHER SERVICES OFFERED BY THE ADVENTIST CHURCH
- Adventist Counselling Services
Location: 4 Cambridge Street, Epping (Sydney) NSW Australia
Operated by: Greater Sydney Conference
Staffed by: Counsellors with training and experience relevant to their field of practice
For more details visit www.gscadventist.org.au/counselling
- The Bridge Counselling Centre
Location: 590 Freemans Drive, Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie / Newcastle region) NSW 2265 Australia
Operated by: North NSW Conference
Staffed by: Psychologists and social workers who are screened, supervised and members of relevant associations
For more details visit http://nnsw.adventist.org.au/bridge-counselling-centre
- ADRA Australia (Adventist Development & Relief Agency)
As part of its National Program, ADRA Australia operate a number of ADRA Centres across the country. Certain ADRA Centres in QLD, NSW and Victoria offer counselling for certain needs and issues within the wider community, including counselling for people who have experienced abuse or domestic violence. For an up-to-date list of ADRA Centres, and a description of services offered, visit www.adra.org.au/projects/centres.htm
ADRA also partners with a number of Domestic Violence Shelters along the East-coast of Australia for women and children who need to find short-to-medium-term accommodation following Domestic Violence.
South Lakes Women's Refuge - NSW
Justice Empowerment Mission - VIC
Sunshine Sanctuary - QLD