This is a brief list of Australian clergy abuse support organisations that have been active for over 20 years. Other more recent services can be found via an internet search.


Blue Knot, formerly ASCA (Advocates for Survivors of Child Abuse) Blue Knot has a Christian foundation, but is supportive of clergy abuse survivors. Sydney-based, they also have a centre in the Hunter Valley for survivors to retreat to in times of stress. For phone numbers and hours, see the foot of their website

In Good Faith Foundation In Good Faith is Melbourne-based, and seeks to support survivors, their partners, families and communities, and provide advocacy and referral to specialised services.

CASA (Centres Against Sexual Assault) CASAs are part of the public hospital network, and are general sexual assault centres, not specifically for clergy sexual abuse. A map of Victorian locations is available here:

Broken Rites Broken Rites has a particularly Catholic focus, but helps victims of clergy sexual abuse in all denominations.

Bravehearts Bravehearts has a particular focus on institutional sexual abuse, which includes, but is not limited to, clergy sex abuse.

Esther Centre QLD The Esther Centre, formerly Project Esther, was set up by concerned Catholics to support victims of clergy abuse. It is now funded by a recurring grant from the Qld Dept of Families.

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Lewis Holdway (Contact: Paul Holdway) Paul has acted for dozens of clergy abuse clients since the late 1990s. In 2019, he received the Public Witness Award from In Good Faith Foundation (see support contacts, above).

Shine Roche McGowan (Contacts: Steven Roche, Simon Morrison) Lvl 6, 30 Makerston Pl Brisbane 4000. Phone 07-3006 6000, fax: 07-3229 1999, AH: 0418 729 116. Website: Email: Also Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Cairns, Chinchilla. Shine Roche McGowan are personal injury lawyers, and acted for many of the victims of Toowoomba Prep in the Hollingworth saga so have had experience in pursuing clergy abuse cases.

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