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Reporting and Healing & Support Service

The Marist Brothers Australia are committed to helping those who have suffered abuse in the past, find healing in their lives today.

To that end, we encourage anyone who may have suffered past abuse to contact the Professional Standards Office of the Marist Brothers on +612 9218 4000 or at pso@marists.org.au for assistance from our skilled team.

Our commitment also extends to fully cooperating with authorities in the investigation of abuse, no matter where or when it may have occurred.

We strongly urge any person who has any evidence of criminal conduct to contact their local police and report it so that it can be appropriately investigated.
 

REPORTING

If anyone wishes to bring a complaint of abuse against any member of staff, present or past, of a Marist school or other ministry, they may do so in any of the following ways:

  1. If the complaint relates to abuse of a child or young person, contact the police or relevant authority in your state. For urgent matters where a child is at risk of harm, contact the Police emergency number - 000 (all states).
     
  2. Contact the office of the Professional Standards Resource Group in your State or Territory:  

New South Wales/ACT         1300 369 977
Northern Territory                 0418 736 890
Queensland                           1800 337 928
South Australia                      1800 139 020
Tasmania                               1800 356 613
Victoria                                   1800 816 030
Western Australia                  1800 072 390

   3.   Contact the Principal / Director / Manager of the relevant Marist school or ministry.

   4.   Contact the Marist Brothers Professional Standards Officer, Mr Norm Maroney, on +612 9218 4000.

Please note when children are involved, many States have mandatory reporting provisions to the police or relevant state authority.

 

HEALING AND SUPPORT SERVICE

The Marist Healing and Support Service provides a supportive response to people who have been affected by childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by personnel of the Marist Brothers.

This involves working with those who have been abused to assist them to identify their specific needs to create positive change and healing in their lives. This can also involve working with their partners, parents, siblings and children, if appropriate.

This supportive response may include:

  • Meeting with the person and arranging appropriate counselling or other therapeutic help.
  • Supporting the person and their family through periods of distress.
  • Supporting the person to discern what would be a useful and healing response from the Marists (such as an apology, meeting with a senior Marist Brother, information, financial assistance).
  • Supporting the person to make a statement to the Police (or other Statutory authorities) about the abuse.
  • Supporting the person and their family through the criminal process.
  • Advocating on behalf of the person or groups of people who have been adversely affected.
  • Building support networks and liaising with external networks on the person’s behalf.
  • Providing regular follow up contact and telephone support.

Click here for a downloadable copy of the Healing and Support Service Flyer: Information for Healing and Support of Survivors

To speak with one of our Healing and Support Coordinators, contact:

Ms Ann O’Brien
Coordinator Healing and Support
Mondays and Wednesdays
m   0429 655 840
t   (02) 8752 8207 or (02) 9218 4000
e   ann.obrien@marists.org.au or pso@marists.org.au

Ms Merrin Dimmock
Coordinator Healing and Support – Marist and Clergy Abused Network - Newcastle and Hunter Region
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
0408 515 149
t   (02) 4923 0644
e  merrin.dimmock@marists.org.au