As we near the end of the year, this month IGFF held our Annual General Meeting and published our Annual Report, and our team continued to provide crucial support and advocacy services. We also provided feedback to the Joint Select Committee on the National Redress Scheme, and staff members attended a range of training sessions and conferences.
Our office is located in Victoria, which means that we have been slowly beginning to attend in-person meetings and events again. It’s been exciting, but we do want to emphasise that the end of lockdown – or the experience of any public health restrictions – can be confronting. If you want to talk about what has been going on for you, you can get in touch with our Casework Team on (03) 9940 1533 and leave a voicemail for us to reply to, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, if you have any questions about anything in this newsletter – from our Annual Report to the National Redress Scheme updates – please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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2019-2020 Annual Report
This month, we published our Annual Report for 2019-2020. In it, our team reflects on the resilience and adaptability that our clients, community and staff have shown throughout the year, and the ways in which our services have grown and developed.
IGFF’s service delivery has almost tripled since the beginning of January this year. The Report discusses our ongoing collaboration with Australian National University and National Australia Bank to work towards a National Centre, bringing the experiences of our community and front-line Casework team to the forefront of national – and international – discussions.
Now, more than ever, we must empower the voices of Survivors, families and communities.
Below are some quotes from this year’s reflections by IGFF’s CEO, President and Advocacy and Redress Manager:
Survey on the Victorian Justice System
They are particularly looking to hear from Survivors, and have published an anonymous survey that will be available until 23 December. It asks questions about how things like support services and the police could be made easier, safer or just generally improved. There are also some initial general questions about whether you are telling them about sexual assault in Victoria.
In Good Faith Foundation can provide support throughout the process, or talk more about what it means. You can get in touch with our team by leaving a message at (03) 9940 1533 for us to call back, or by emailing email@example.com
In Recent News…
Updates on the National Redress Scheme
IGFF welcomes this week’s announcement from the Federal Government of plans to strip organisations of charitable status if they refuse to join the National Redress Scheme.
We hope that these changes will come into practice soon, and as always we stand in solidarity with Survivors whose responsible institutions have not yet joined – especially as these organisations continue to release disturbing statements.
Tasmanian Government Announces Inquiry into Child Abuse
The Tasmanian Premier has announced a state commission of inquiry into child abuse in institutions. Existing inquiries into the Health Department, Education Department and Ashley Youth Detention Centre will be merged and a broader-ranging inquiry should begin early next year.
IGFF Associate Angela Sdrinis, whose law firm is pursuing around 200 claims relating to abuse in state care in the state, welcomed the inquiry, stating:
The Commission of Inquiry (which is essentially the Tasmanian version of a Royal Commission) will have the powers to delve into the cover ups, the moving of paedophiles between schools and other Government agencies and the failures to adequately deal with perpetrators who we now know operated in Tasmania for decades. It is important that this happen because not only do the perpetrators need to be brought to account, so do those who protected them.
Continuous Voices Ballarat Memorial Project
Finding Light is going to be a photography course that will culminate in the production of a book, focusing on the way light can change the way we see the world around us.
Words Out will be a series of writing workshops which will culminate in a spoken word music video sharing personal stories. An intro to this project can be watched online here.
All participants can be completely anonymous, and all of the artists have been trained in trauma informed principles. The Ballarat Centre Against Sexual Assault will provide professional support on the day.
We are looking forward to following the projects – and the art-making – as they develop.
If you have any more questions about what we’ve been up to, how we can support Survivors, or any of our services, you can leave a message for us to call back at (03) 9940 1533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IGFF is committed to achieving justice for Survivors of institutional abuse. We acknowledge the strength, courage and sacrifices of all on the journey to recovery.
IGFF would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we work and live. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.