Melbourne Victims’ Collective: Strategic follow up to Archbishop Comensoli

At the final Melbourne Victims’ Collective meeting of 2019, Clare Leaney presented the following information on IGFF and MVC follow-up to the earlier meeting with Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli. The presentation was split into a series of observations and recommendations for improvement in supporting survivors of abuse, working with justice and redress processes, increasing organisational […]

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IGFF is Moving Office!

IGFF is Moving Office! PLEASE NOTE: IGFF is moving office premises and you may experience a delayed response until Monday 17th September. We’re asking all of our client, supporters and associates to bare with us during this busy period. Our email addresses will remain the same and a new phone number and postal address will […]

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Company to hold Catholic groups to account

Catholic priests could face serious penalties if they don’t meet the mark set by a new professional standards body which will publicly name non-compliant dioceses and orders. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Monday heard Catholic Professional Standards Limited would audit the church’s authorities, with a view to holding them […]

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Church doesn’t put victims first: advocate

Victims are still not front and centre of the Catholic Church’s response to widespread child sexual abuse, a victims’ advocate says. The leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia have to be held to account when they front the child sex abuse royal commission next week, In Good Faith Foundation chief executive Helen Last says. […]

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Act on abuse redress: archbishop to govts

Melbourne’s Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart wants governments to back a redress scheme providing a level playing field for child sex abuse victims. Archbishop Hart, victims’ advocates and the states want specific details about how the federal government’s planned Commonwealth redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will work, including how complaints will be […]

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Melbourne Catholic abuse compo to double

Compensation payments to people sexually abused as children by Catholic clergy in the Melbourne archdiocese are expected to surpass $31 million after the church doubled the maximum available payout. The compensation cap under the church’s Melbourne Response scheme will rise from $75,000 to $150,000, putting it in line with the maximum payment under the federal […]

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