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.
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.
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 legal issues surrounding institutional child sexual abuse can be difficult, and may cause significant distress. Our knowmore team includes specialist counsellors/social workers, who are very experienced in speaking with survivors of sexual abuse. Our counsellors/social workers will support people to help them obtain legal assistance by identifying and making links with other agencies who can assist in the longer term.
knowmore staff have a duty to treat any information you give us as confidential.
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.
Australian Government funded
community-based support services
Since the announcement of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse there has been increased demand for support services. The Australian Government wants to provide support to those affected by the Royal Commission and those engaging with the National Redress Scheme, when it commences in 2018, so the Department of Social Services (DSS) is funding a range of services, including counselling, case management, advice and support.
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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
George Pell's case has been closely followed by large numbers of survivors of child sexual abuse in Australia and overseas.The final appeal judgment will be handed down on Wednesday, August 21. Some survivors may find themselves more anxious than usual as they await...read more
This newsletter was originally published by the National Redress Scheme. For more information or to find support services, go to the National Redress Scheme website or call 1800 737 377 Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (local time), excluding public holidays. Institution...read more