The Archdiocese aims are to support survivors with the reassurance that all our communities are safe, our children and vulnerable people are truly cared for, and the spiritual dimension of all we do is not compromised by unethical and criminal behaviour.

If you (as an adult) know of or believe a child is currently has been or is being abused, then you must report to the Police, 131 444. If you believe a child’s life in in immediate danger please call 000.

Failure to report information to police without a reasonable excuse is a criminal offence which may carry a penalty of imprisonment.

If you or another adult close to you has been abused by someone working or ministering within the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, we invite you to contact us.

We will listen to you respectfully, offer support,advise of any reporting obligations we may have and discuss the options you have available to you.

Please contact the IPSS on 02 6239 9806 or CatholicCare on 02 6162 6100.


For additional services providing counselling, support or advice, please contact:

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre

Relationships Australia ACT, family, relationship and specialised counselling on 1800 052 674 or 1300 364 277

Bravehearts, an Australian support group

Adults Surviving Child AbuseAustralian peak body which advances the health and well-being of people and communities affected by childhood trauma

Survivors & Mates Support Network, for men coping with the effects of childhood sexual abuse

SNAP, survivors’ network

Lifeline, 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention 13 11 14

Headspace, mental health support for young people

Men’s Line, telephone and online counselling support for men

1800RESPECT, national sexual assault domestic and family violence counselling service

Knowmore, independent service providing legal advice and information on options about compensation, redress and other legal issues relating to institutional child sexual abuse 1800 605 762