about

 

Who We Are and What We Do:

 

Ruby Gaea (established in 1987) is the sole non-government provider of specialist post-initial trauma sexual assault counselling, education and training service in the Northern Territory.  We provide free services to the Greater Darwin Region and we are a not-for-profit, non-religious organisation.

 

We provide professional specialist, confidential, ethical counselling and support to all women and children (girls and boys aged 5 to 17 years of age) who have experienced sexual assault at any time in their lives.

 

The other vitally important activity we engage in is community education and training.  

 

We adopt a trauma-informed and strenghts-based approach in our work.

 

We believe that sexual assault is an abuse of power and a tool of control.  We also believe that it is NEVER the fault or responsibility of the person who has been sexually assaulted.  People do not have to report the sexual assault to the Police in order to use our services (excepting Mandatory Reporting).  However, if people decide to report to Police, we will support them in this action.

 

We strive to provide a warm, welcoming and safe space which is neither confrontational or clinical.  Our staff are all committed to Ruby Gaea and the work that we do here.  We believe it is important to build and maintain relationships with other workers and organisations who also provide services to the people who use our service.

 

We operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00pm (out of hours by negotiation)

We can be contacted on:

Phone: 8945 0155

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Governance

 

Ruby Gaea calls it’s governance body the Coordinating Committee.  Committee members are volunteer women from a variety of backgrounds.  Their role is to over-see the legal and financial responsibilities of our organization as outlined in our Constitution and in line with the Associations Act (NT).

 

Organisational Colours – Purple, Green and White

 

Ruby Gaea's organisational colours (purple, green and white) originated from the suffragette movement of the early 1900's.  In 1911 in England, women campaigning for the right to vote adopted the colours of green, white and violet to represent their slogan "Give Women the Vote". Since then these colours have been used to symbolise the struggle for women to obtain equal rights. Interpretations of the meaning of the colours vary. Purple can symbolise justice, dignity or loyalty, green for faith or hope and white for purity.

These colours are represented in our first, and current logo designed by Darwin artist Therese Ritchie

 

Staff

 

Ruby Gaea has five core positions, Coordinator, Counsellor, Educator, Administration Officer and Bookkeeper. Occasionally, we have other staff members who hold short term contract positions.

 

Funding

 

Ruby Gaea receives funding primarily from the NT Government.  Occasionally, we receive grants for specific projects.