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Please download the proposal document below. 

The Pathways Victoria name. 

A small brainstorming group (committee) was formed to generate discussion and consideration of a proposed name for the new model. This group consisted of a survivor of abuse who has engaged in the Melbourne Response who is also a counsellor and spiritual director alongside a communications manager and a pastoral wellbeing team leader. 

Following discussion and further reflection, we brainstormed possible names/phrases, arriving at the final name of Pathways Victoria. 

The group proposed Pathways as:


  • It describes a program with multiple options; multiple ways—flexible and dynamic rather than there only being one right way

  • Pathways speaks to action and movement; there’s a sense of ownership and choosing to be a survivor—it’s a journey that I choose

  • Whichever way the survivor may feel, we believe they enter the process with hope—as does the Church—and it becomes a process of accompaniment.

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The Pathways Victoria Model will be underpinned throughout by trauma informed care and practice principles. Trauma-informed care has emerged from the growing awareness of the impacts of trauma on victims/survivors of child sexual abuse and recognition that human service systems need to avoid inadvertently re-traumatising survivors of child sexual abuse.


As a trauma-informed service, Pathways will implement an understanding of trauma in all aspects of service delivery and prioritise the individual’s safety, choice and control, while establishing connectedness through a relationship built on trust.

Pastorally led, Pathways Victoria will provide an opportunity to promote healing as Care Coordinators walk alongside victims once they have made their disclosure and the report prepared by the Complaints and Redress Director, survivors on their journey to acknowledgement from the Church and provision of care and resolution.

Guided by a dedicated Care Coordinator from beginning to end, survivors seeking redress will navigate the Pathways Model at their own pace with expert professional supports available at all times. Their pastorally led road to healing and recovery will begin with disclosure to the Complaints and Redress Director where their past and present experiences are acknowledged.

The personal approach to promote healing, spiritual restoration and wellbeing cannot be overstated. Regardless of personal beliefs, spirituality and religion are foundational aspects of culture, experience and behaviour. Pathways recognises the spirituality embedded in individuals and human connections.

For some survivors, the possibility of acknowledgement and restoration associated with the Church can be helpful for their healing.