Royal Commission seeks information from faith-based abuse survivors

seeks information

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry is appealing for information from survivors who reported the abuse they suffered while in faith-based care and sought redress either directly from the Church or other Faith-based Institution or by filing civil proceedings in Court or the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

In a recent press release, the Commission said they would like to hear about their experiences of seeking and receiving redress in the form of financial settlement or non-monetary processes (such as an apology, counselling, etc.)

They also asked for suggestions for how claims processes could be improved or made more effective.

The Commission would also like to hear from anyone who may know about a claim of abuse in Faith-based care, or claims related to abuse in the Catholic Church, Anglican Church or Salvation Army, whether as family or whānau of a survivor, a legal representative, a professional, or defendant in any claim.

The Royal Commission Faith-based Redress public hearing will take place from 23 November – 11 December 2020.

It will investigate the adequacy of the redress process of the Catholic Church, Anglican Church and the Salvation Army and what needs to be done to support people who have been abused or neglected in Faith-based institutions.

The Royal Commission acknowledged the disproportionate numbers of Māori in care and wants to hear from Māori about their experiences of the Faith-based claims processes.

It also wants to hear the experiences of Pacific people as well as vulnerable adults, including people with disabilities or mental illness.

The press release provided contact details for people who are interested in providing information to the Royal Commission on redress processes, involving the State or any Faith-based institutions, but would like advice:

  • Call 0800 222 727
  • Email
  • Write to the Royal Commission of Inquiry, PO Box 10071, The Terrace, Wellington 6143.


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