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Victorian Government to remove time limits for abuse survivors Victorian Government to remove time limits for abuse survivors

Published on 24 February 2015: The Victorian Government will introduce a bill to remove time limits for claims of child abuse in Victoria, and will operate retrospectively. The Bill also allows dependents of deceased survivors, such as family members, to seek civil damages.

Extra cash to support Family Violence Royal Commission welcome Extra cash to support Family Violence Royal Commission welcome

Published on 23 February 2015: The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has said the additional allocation of $4 million was needed in order to help support services cope with the expected jump in demand for help, as the Royal Commission into Family Violence gets underway.

Family violence – practical legal measures can halt abuse Family violence – practical legal measures can halt abuse

Published on 20 February 2015: Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty’s appointment as Australian of the Year, along with the commitment by the Victorian Government to hold a Royal Commission into family violence, have rightly elevated this issue in public attention.

Royal Commission releases study on sex abuse in out of home care Royal Commission releases study on sex abuse in out of home care

Published on 18 February 2015: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released the findings of a University of Melbourne study on abuse in out of home care settings.

Former Chair of Yeshiva Jewish Centre admits failures in ensuring safety of children Former Chair of Yeshiva Jewish Centre admits failures in ensuring safety of children

Published on 12 February 2015: The former Chair of the Yeshiva centre’s committee of management has admitted to the Royal Commission that failures in governance compromised the safety of children at the centre.

Royal Commission estimates 19,000 Victorian abuse survivors could get compensation Royal Commission estimates 19,000 Victorian abuse survivors could get compensation

Published on 11 February 2015: The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse estimates nearly 19,000 Victorians may make a claim for compensation if a national redress scheme is set up for child sexual abuse survivors.

Yeshivah abuse survivor tells Royal Commission cultural change is needed Yeshivah abuse survivor tells Royal Commission cultural change is needed

Published on 10 February 2015: A Jewish survivor of child sexual abuse says the culture of shunning and ostracising survivors who speak up about their abuse must change.

The legal loophole of “vicarious liability” needs closing by the Royal Commission The legal loophole of “vicarious liability” needs closing by the Royal Commission

Published on 09 February 2015: Institutions should not be able to wipe their hands of legal responsibility for their subordinates’ actions when children are abused, but this does happen due to conservative interpretations of the legal concept of “vicarious liability” by the courts.

Rabbi only had regard to Jewish law on sexual abuse, not secular Rabbi only had regard to Jewish law on sexual abuse, not secular

Published on 06 February 2015: A Sydney rabbi has told the Royal Commission that he only had regard for Jewish legal principles, and not secular law, when he was told of allegations of child sexual abuse at a Yeshivah youth camp more than a decade ago.

Claims of sexual abuse still not reported on at Jewish centre Claims of sexual abuse still not reported on at Jewish centre

Published on 05 February 2015: The head rabbi of the conservative Jewish sect at the centre of the sexual abuse controversy currently under investigation by the Royal Commission today apologised for the suffering caused to those abused while under his care.

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