Pathways to support services for victim/survivors of child sexual abuse and their families

Pathways to support services for victim/survivors of child sexual abuse and their families

Antonia Quadara, Mary Stathopoulos, Rachel Carson, Rae Kaspiew, Serpil Bilgic, Helena Romaniuk, Briony Horsfall and Jessie Dunstan

Commissioned report— December 2017

This report, for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, focused on service pathways – that is, how victim/survivors find out about, access and maintain engagement with the most helpful types of services in both the short and long term. The project team collected data using a survey with victim/survivors and parents/carers, interviews with victim/survivors, and group interviews with service providers. 

The project explored how victim/survivors of child sexual abuse (and secondary victims) navigate pathways to relevant and helpful support services to: identify the different pathways for victim/survivors of child sexual abuse in institutional and other extrafamilial contexts; and identify the barriers – and facilitators – to accessing support services. 

The key purpose of the project was to inform the Royal Commission’s thinking on strategies and approaches to enhancing the provision of therapeutic and non-therapeutic support services for victim/survivors of child sexual abuse.

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