Greater support for abuse survivors on the Coffs Coast

Presenters of previous VoiceUp Australia’s Pathways to Recognition Forums: Glen O’Hara of Interrelate, Michelle Cowan of VoiceUp, Dean Bell and Prue Gregory of knowmore, Cindy Brasen, Chris Marks of VoiceUp. Photo: supplied by Gai Newman.


VOICEUP Australia and knowmore are two organisations offering a ray of hope to abuse survivors so they no longer need to suffer alone and in silence.

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Knowmore Legal Service is visiting Coffs Harbour this month and will be present at the next monthly VoiceUp support meeting which has now been put back to 25 November.

Gai Newman, Manager of the Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre told News Of The Area that while VoiceUp meetings are open to all survivors of any type of abuse and their supporters, the next meeting on 25 November will also include visiting knowmore presenters Sigrid Herring, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Officer; lawyer Maree Selvaraj and senior lawyer Amy Griffiths to provide general information about the National Redress Scheme, the work of knowmore and the help available.

Knowmore provides free and independent legal advice and support services to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse; which includes people who were sexually abused at school, in a sporting club, children’s service, orphanage, foster care, residential care, religious organisation, government organisation or any organisation that worked with or cared for children.

They can help you lodge complaints, find old records and access specialist services and cultural support.

Gai advised that knowmore will be available for appointments in Coffs Harbour on 26 and 27 November to offer assistance as well as information about compensation or redress options.

They will either be able to assist an individual further as an ongoing client or provide appropriate referrals depending on individual circumstances, and will follow up appointments with advice in writing.

Bookings for the knowmore appointments are essential so please contact Gai on 6648 3663, 0447 106 557 or email [email protected]

The next monthly VoiceUp support meeting, with the presentation from knowmore, will be held on 25 November from 6.00pm to 8.00pm in Coffs Harbour.

Due to COVID protocols RSVP for this meeting is also essential; contact [email protected], Chris on 0423 133 191, or Gai 0447 106 557.



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