- Department of Justice and Community Safety
- 7 Dec 2020
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Further support for survivors of past abuse, violence or childhood trauma is available.
- Find and Connect Support Services (free call 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) 1800 161 109
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- CASA (Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault)
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line (free call 5pm-9am, Monday-Friday and weekends) 1800 806 292
We, the Victorian Government, acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Peoples and Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and waterways upon which our lives depend. We acknowledge and pay our respects to ancestors of this country, Elders, knowledge holders and leaders – past, present and emerging. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The enormous harm of institutional child sexual abuse has affected many Victorians and those who love them. We have only been able to take steps to right these wrongs because of the strength and bravery of victims and survivors coming forward. The Victorian Government acknowledges everyone who has been affected by this shameful chapter in Australia's history – and thanks them for their courage in telling their stories to make sure these mistakes never happen again.