The Melbourne Response assists people who have been abused sexually, physically or emotionally.
Complaints of sexual and other abuse by priests, religious and lay persons under the control of the Archbishop of Melbourne are made to and investigated by an Independent Commissioner. Mr Peter O’Callaghan QC and Mr Jeff Gleeson SC are the Independent Commissioners.
Anyone with complaints of abuse by priests, religious and lay persons under the control of the Archbishop of Melbourne is asked to call (03)9225-7979 and you will be referred to an Independent Commissioner.
Counselling and Support
Free counselling and professional support for those who have been abused is available through Carelink led by the Carelink Program Manager, Ms Stephanie McShane.
Carelink is located at Suite 20, Level 5, 100 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002 Telephone: 1300 810 957
Ex gratia compensation of up to $150,000 is available through the Compensation Panel chaired by Mr David Curtain QC.
Spiritual support and guidance is available to individuals and at a parish level by contacting the Vicar General at the Offices of the Archdiocese on (03) 9926 5677.
Anyone with complaints relating to other parts of the Church should contact “Towards Healing” on 1800 816 030.