- Department of Justice and Community Safety
- 30 Apr 2023
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- Find and Connect Support Services (free call 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday) 1800 161 109
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Acknowledgement of country
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.
Acknowledgement to victim survivors
Institutional child sexual abuse has caused enormous harm to many Victorians – to the victim survivors of child abuse, and to their families and friends. The Victorian Government thanks them for their strength and courage in telling their stories so past abuse and harm are not repeated.
The Victorian Government has committed to deliver a formal apology to Victorians who experienced child sexual abuse while in institutional settings. The Victorian Government acknowledges the trauma of abuse and neglect suffered by victim survivors of child sexual abuse.