Archbishop Julian renews call for redress scheme for victims of abuse

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Archbishop Julian renews call for redress scheme for victims of abuse

Archbishop Julian Porteous has renewed his call for a redress scheme for victims of abuse.

“I fully support the introduction of a National Redress Scheme. The Scheme is one of a number of steps that I hope will offer healing to the victims of abuse,” Archbishop Porteous said.

His Grace strongly advocated for the implementation of a national redress scheme for victims of sexual abuse at the Royal Commission hearings. The redress scheme was one of the key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Archbishop Porteous urges the Tasmanian Government to act, and sign up to the National Redress Scheme.

“Victoria and New South Wales have already agreed to sign up to the Scheme. The agreement in those states provides up to $150,000 in compensation for child sexual abuse survivors.”

Archbishop Porteous said he would continue to meet with abuse survivors in addition to supporting the Scheme.

“I make myself completely available to victims of abuse; their welfare is one of my primary concerns.

“I am always keen to meet with survivors of abuse, their families or advocates. It is important for the Church to hear from victims who have endured unnecessary suffering and offer to assist with counselling if they request this service.”

Archbishop Porteous said the Archdiocese of Hobart has developed a program, policies, and structures that ensure the highest standards of safety for children and vulnerable people in the care of Tasmanian Catholic agencies.

“The Catholic Church in Tasmania has a zero tolerance for abuse in any form, and supports the role of police and the courts in bringing perpetrators to justice,” His Grace said.

The Catholic Church and the Truth Justice and Healing Council have consistently advocated for the introduction of a National Redress Scheme to which all survivors of child abuse can access, no matter in which institution or jurisdiction the abuse occurred.