knowmore offers free legal advice and support to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. We can help you consider your options about compensation, redress and other legal issues related to abuse.
We 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.
knowmore was formed in 2013 to support people who were providing information to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Since the Royal Commission finished in 2015, we’ve continued to provide legal advice to survivors of abuse. Read more about our history.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support
We’re committed to delivering our services in ways that are culturally safe and respectful for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Read more about our commitment and meet our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement advisors.
Specialist trauma support
We realise that talking about abuse can be difficult and may cause distress. Our knowmore team includes specialist counsellors/social workers who are very experienced in speaking with survivors of sexual abuse.
Your information is confidential and will only be shared outside of knowmore with your permission or in exceptional circumstances where we are compelled or authorised to do so by law. Read more about our commitment to confidentiality and privacy.
knowmore was established by, and operates as a separate program of, the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC), with funding from the Australian Government, represented by the Attorney-General’s Department.
The National Association of Community Legal Centres Inc (NACLC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government, social justice organisation that is the national peak body of Australia’s community-based legal centres. NACLC actively supports community legal centres (CLCs) in their work and advocates on behalf of the sector and its client groups, people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable to disadvantage or who have special needs. Find out more about NACLC.
NACLC is committed to:
- working in effective collaborations with our partner legal assistance services and with private lawyers that share our goal of ensuring equitable access to legal services and the legal system, and
- being guided by the vision, experience and expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and supporting their achieving, in ways of their choice, their goals of recognition, healing, reconciliation and access to justice.
NACLC recognises and respects the unique role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, as specialist and culturally appropriate legal service providers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and is committed to supporting CLCs to provide culturally safe services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may wish to use CLC services. View NACLC’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
Government-funded support services
The Australian Government funds this and other services for survivors of abuse. See the Department of Social Services (DSS) website for a range of services, including counselling, case management, advice and support.
Our latest activities and news
Last week, the Criminal Code and Related Legislation Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill passed the Tasmanian Legislative Council. This Bill introduces a number of important reforms to Tasmania’s laws, and mandates for people in religious ministry to report on child sexual...read more
Children Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 passes Vic Parliament – religious ministries must now report abuse
Religious and spiritual leaders in Victoria must report child abuse to the authorities, even if it was heard in the confessional, under historic new laws passed in the Victorian Parliament last week. The Government’s Children Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 passed...read more
Early today, the Victorian Court of Appeal has dismissed Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his child sex abuse convictions. Pell has lost his appeal by a majority of 2-1 from a panel of three Judges. Chief Justice Anne Ferguson, Justice Chris Maxwell and Justice...read more