knowmore is a free service, independent of the Royal Commission and government, offering legal advice and information to help you navigate your options in speaking with or providing information to, the Royal Commission.
knowmore has been established by, and operates as a separate program of, the National Association of Community Legal Centres, with funding from the Australian Government, represented by the Attorney-General’s Department.
knowmore staff are here to help you and act in your interest. Our staff are trained and experienced in working with people who have experienced trauma, and in providing culturally safe services.
Culturally safe services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
knowmore is committed to ensuring that our services are delivered in ways that are culturally safe and respectful for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
knowmore employs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in its office and for its work in regional, rural and remote areas, and where appropriate, will work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal service providers. You can learn about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Engagement Advisors here.
Specialist trauma informed support
We realise that for many people, making decisions about engaging with the Royal Commission will be difficult, and may cause them significant distress. Our knowmore team includes specialist counsellors/social workers, who are very experienced in dealing with survivors of sexual abuse. Our counsellors/social workers will support clients to help them obtain legal assistance by identifying and making links with other agencies who can assist them in the longer term.
knowmore is separate from the Royal Commission
knowmore operates separately from, and independently of, the Royal Commission. Our goal is to inform and advise people who are engaging or considering engaging with the Royal Commission and to support each person in making an informed decision.
If you do decide to speak or provide information to the Royal Commission, we can advise you about what that might mean for you, the best way for you to do it, and provide practical assistance if you want help. There are a range of options that knowmore can help you explore. You may also have questions about whether there are any other actions you may be able to take, and we can help you with those legal questions too.
knowmore is a confidential service
knowmore and all staff working for the service have a duty to treat any information you give us as confidential. Unless you ask us to, your information will only be disclosed outside of knowmore when you have asked us to or in exceptional circumstances where we are compelled or authorised by law to do so. Find out more about our commitment to confidentiality and privacy.
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