knowmore provides free legal advice, assistance, information and referral for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
We can help you to:
- apply for compensation or other forms of action and redress
- lodge complaints with police, find old records and understand legal processes
- connect with specialist counselling and support services
Who we help
knowmore helps people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse. This means people who were sexually abused at school, in a sporting club, children’s service, orphanage, foster care, residential care, religious organisation, government organisation or any organisation that was involved with children.
If we can’t help, we’ll refer you to a service that can.
Who we are
We’re a team of lawyers, counsellors/social workers, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement advisors – all experienced and trained in working with survivors of sexual abuse and people who have experienced trauma.
You can speak to our specialist counsellors/social workers via a free phone call or face‑to‑face. They’ll help you to access our legal services and provide you with support along the way.
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.
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