knowmore is a free service offering legal advice and information to help you consider your options about compensation, redress and other legal issues related to 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.
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 legal issues surrounding institutional child sexual abuse can 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 a confidential service
knowmore staff 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.
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.
Learn more about our latest
activities and latest news
Knowmore legal service has been awarded a million dollars in funding by the Financial Counselling Foundation to offer free financial counselling to survivors of institutional childhood sexual abuse. This service adds to its multidisciplinary, trauma-informed and...read more
The following news update is from the National Redress Scheme (Australian Government Department of Social Services). In its first quarter of operation, the National Redress Scheme (the Scheme) commenced assessing applications for institutions that are participating...read more
Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will have access to legal support services to help them access redress under the Commonwealth Redress Scheme.read more