Multi Disciplinary Centre
Barwon CASA is a partner organisation in the Barwon Multidisciplinary Centre (Barwon MDC). The Barwon MDC brings together in a single location the key services involved in supporting those who have experienced sexual assault including Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA), the Department of Human Services Child Protection, Sexual Abuse Intervention Team (SAIT) and Victoria Police, Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT).
MDCs were established in 2008 by the Victorian Government as a component of the Sexual Assault Reform Strategy. According to the Victorian Law Reform Commission, sexual assault is the most underreported personal crime in our society.
In 2004, the Commission released the Report on Sexual Offences that recommended a series of reforms to improve responses to sexual assault. A key element of the reforms was the establishment of a new model of service and care for those who have experienced sexual assault that is characterised by two core components: the establishment of specialist teams of investigators (responsible for investigation and personal support) and service sites referred to as MDCs.
The Barwon MDC in Geelong was opened in October 2012 by Minister Mary Wooldridge. MDCs have also been established in Frankston and Mildura and are currently developing in Bendigo, Morwell and the south-east corridor of Melbourne.
The MDC model facilitates a collaborative approach between services to provide those who have experienced sexual assault with safety, support and access to justice within an integrated, seamless environment.
If you are one of the many people who access our services however do not wish to have, nor require contact with police or child protection, you are able to receive independent counselling and therapeutic support from Barwon CASA.