Child sexual abuse victims hit doubly hard by legal aid cuts

Child sexual abuse victims hit doubly hard by legal aid cuts

Victims of child sexual abuse are being hit doubly hard by the O’Farrell government with proposed cuts to victims compensation being followed by the complete removal of all legal aid entitlements for civil claims by victims of child sexual abuse against either the...
Planned Victims Compensation Cuts – TAKE ACTION

Planned Victims Compensation Cuts – TAKE ACTION

Following on from today’s forum with survivors of abuse, their supporters and advocates, there was a strong sense of community concern about the proposed changes to victims compensation that are embodied in the Victims Rights and Support Bill 2013 which is...
EVENT: Cuts to Victims Compensation NEWCASTLE EMERGENCY FORUM

EVENT: Cuts to Victims Compensation NEWCASTLE EMERGENCY FORUM

Victims of crime and their advocates respond.  The NSW Government has announced its bill to completely overhaul the NSW Victims Compensation Scheme. Their bill is called the victims rights and support bill – it is available here. My office has been contacted by many...
Hunter Church Sexual Abuse Inquiry Begins

Hunter Church Sexual Abuse Inquiry Begins

Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the Police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle My office continues to work with victims and survivors of abuse and their support groups, and many...
Catholic Priest not charged for failure to report child sex allegations

Catholic Priest not charged for failure to report child sex allegations

The Greens have criticised the decision by the office of the DPP to not charge a Catholic brother who allegedly failed to report child sex allegations to police in the 1970s because it was ‘‘not in the public interest’’ and despite a ‘‘prima facie case’’ against him....