FAQ'S

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WILL VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROJECT?

We invite consultation from a broad section of the community particularly the feedback of those with a lived experience of institutional abuse, survivors who have engaged in the Melbourne Response/Towards Healing processes, their families, advocates, psychologists and counsellors, community members and other professional support persons. 

 

Your feedback will assist in shaping the proposed model which will support a fair, transparent and person centred response to complaints of abuse. 

HOW DO I PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON PATHWAYS VICTORIA?

Please visit our website at www.pathwaysvictoria.com to stay up to date on the project and to access the Survey Monkey consultation. The survey is expected to take less than ten minutes with the opportunity to provide comments. 

 

Written submissions are also welcomed to info@pathwaysvictoria.com

HOW DOES THE PATHWAYS MODEL RELATE TO THE NATIONAL RESPONSE PROTOCOLS?

Pathways Victoria will provide a structure to implement the Catholic Church’s National Response Protocol (NRP) in Victoria. 

WILL THE NEW PATHWAYS VICTORIA MODEL FOLLOW THE ROYAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS?

The finalisation of the NRP earlier this year and, now, the operational model in Victoria to oversee their implementation responds directly to Recommendations 7.7 and 16.37 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

 

The development of the Pathways model has drawn on research and recommendations from a range of inquiries and reports on institutional abuse, including The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. 

WHY IS A NEW MODEL NEEDED WHEN THE NATIONAL REDRESS SCHEME EXISTS?

The National Redress Scheme is a government response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and is supported by the Catholic Church. The National Redress Scheme provides access to: Counselling, a payment, and the option of a personal response from the institution (e.g. an apology) to those who:

  • experienced institutional child sexual abuse before 1 July 2018, and

  • are aged over 18 or will turn 18 before 30 June 2028, and

  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

The Scheme is assessed by an independent decision maker and applications can be made any time before 30 June 2027. 

The Pathways model offers an alternative option for those who seek a direct pastoral response or for those who may not be eligible for applying through the National Redress Scheme. For example, those who suffered child physical abuse or adult boundary violations would be ineligible for The National Redress Scheme. For those who seek it, the Pathways model offers survivors an opportunity to reconnect spiritually, with the restoration of links with the Church community.

WHO IS FUNDING THE PROJECT AND PATHWAYS VICTORIA?

The project and Pathways Victoria will be fully funded by the Members.

WHICH INSTITUTIONS WILL BE A PART OF PATHWAYS VICTORIA?

The Catholic Dioceses in Victoria have all committed to being Members of Pathways Victoria. Other Catholic entities in Victoria are currently considering the possibility of membership in Pathways.

I AM A CARELINK CLIENT AND AM WORRIED ABOUT LOSING THE SUPPORTS FUNDED THROUGH THEM. WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

Clients currently receiving support through Carelink will continue to do so. 

I HAVE ALREADY BEGUN A COMPLAINT THROUGH THE MELBOURNE RESPONSE OR TOWARDS HEALING. WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

Once Pathways Victoria is operational, those who have already commenced a complaint process through the Melbourne Response or Towards Healing will have the choice of continuing with their existing process or transitioning their complaint to Pathways. 

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A COMPLAINT TO MAKE ABOUT ABUSE I HAVE EXPERIENCED?

If you have suffered abuse of a criminal nature, it is important that you contact Police. If you’re still in danger, or you’re worried about your safety, contact emergency services on 000 immediately and try to get to somewhere safe.

Find someone you feel you can talk to about it, such as a friend, family member or professional supports such as a counsellor or medical practitioner. Please visit our Resources page for a list of professional contacts. 

HISTORICAL ABUSE:

It is never too late to report sexual offences with delays in reporting sexual offences common. Police will always respond to reports of sexual abuse, irrespective of the time that has passed. You can do this by attending your local police station. 

VICTORIA:

If you wish to report historical sexual abuse involving institutional or religious organisations, please contact the SANO Taskforce on via phone on 1800 110 007 or via email  

If you have experienced abuse in a Catholic institution in Victoria, until Pathways Victoria is operational you can make a complaint through The Melbourne Response or Towards Healing. 

 

Melbourne Response: 03 9225 6422

Towards Healing Victoria: 1800 816 030