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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating how organisations such as the Catholic Church responded to victims and allegations of abuse over the past decades.

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Royal Commission Case Study 16: Melbourne Response

The Royal Commission is currently holding a public hearing in Melbourne into the principles, practices and procedures of the Melbourne Response.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

1. The principles, practices and procedures of the Melbourne Response adopted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and their application in responding to:
      a. Victims of child sexual abuse; and
      b. Allegations of child sexual abuse against personnel of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
2. The experience of people who have engaged in the Melbourne Response process, or otherwise sought redress from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
3. Any other related matters.

The hearing is being held at the County Court of Victoria, 250 William Street, Melbourne and is streamed live via webcast on the Royal Commission’s website at www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au.


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