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Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Support for survivors of child abuse

The Federal Government has provided $278,300 to establish support groups for people who have suffered child abuse, Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, announced today.

Mr Anthony said the money would be used by Advocates for Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) to start 20 support groups in high need areas across Australia over the next two years.

In the first year groups will be established at: –

  • South Australia, Elizabeth
  • Northern Territory, Alice Springs
  • New South Wales, Campbelltown, Caringbah, Wyong, Illawarra, Byron / Northern Rivers
  • Queensland, Logan Lea, Toowoomba
  • Western Australia, Bunbury

“The devastating effects of child abuse are felt throughout the community,” Mr Anthony said.

“These groups, open to anyone who has experienced childhood abuse, allow people to share their experience and provide support to one another.

“They aim to give participants the support and encouragement they need to help build their confidence and self worth.”

Mr Anthony said the money would be used to train volunteers who will establish the groups and for computers to link the volunteer network.

“This computer network will allow groups to communicate with each other and to gain access to information from the internet as well as publish information materials themselves.”

The funding will be provided through the Federal Government’s Family and Community Networks Initiative, a key part of the Government’s Stronger Communities Strategy announced last year.

“The Government is committed to helping groups like ASCA whose work in helping survivors heal is a positive step for the whole community,” Mr Anthony said.