knowmore is a free service providing legal advice and assistance, information and referral via a free advice line and face‑to‑face services in key locations, for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. It was established in 2013 as a program of NACLC. They have specialist counsellors/social workers to support people accessing our legal services.
knowmore has been funded by the Australian Government to provide survivors with free and confidential legal support relating to the National Redress Scheme. This includes providing survivors with information about all of the justice options open to them.
One of the key recommendations of the Royal Commission was that a national redress scheme be set up. The Australian Government has now established a National Redress Scheme. All of the States and Territories and key non-government institutions such as the Catholic, Anglican and Uniting Churches, Salvation Army, YMCA and Scouts have agreed to join the scheme.
Examples of the types of assistance that knowmore provides include:
- legal advice for people about a range of legal issues, including the availability of compensation or other forms of action or redress, the effect of confidentiality agreements in past proceedings, complaints, processes and obtaining records
- linking people with specialist counselling and support services and victims’ support groups.
knowmore has specialist lawyers and other staff trained and experienced in providing services to survivors of child sexual abuse and people who have experienced trauma.
knowmore has staff trained and experienced in providing culturally safe services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and employs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.