Counselling support is available, contact Zimmerman Service’s Healing and Support Team on 4979 1390. You can contact the Blue Knot helpline every day from 9am – 5pm on 1300 657 380 and Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24 hour support).

What is Lina’s Project?

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has a well-known and shameful criminal history of child sexual abuse amongst both clergy and other church personnel. This has been at the forefront of the region’s media for some time with both the Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations, and the ongoing Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, through which the diocese’s criminal history has again been brought to light. These formal commissions, along with dedicated media coverage and the bravery of survivors, their families and friends, have seen the issue of child sexual abuse continue to be brought into the consciousness of our entire community in the Newcastle, Hunter and Manning regions. Lina, a victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of a member of clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, has conceived a project of atonement that is being facilitated by the diocese. The Atonement: Lina’s Project will include a community gathering on Friday 15 September at Newcastle City Hall, 5.30pm-7.30pm. Learn more about Lina's Project.

Thank you for your contribution to Lina’s Project.

Please use the form below to leave a message of support for survivors of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, or to make a suggestion of how the diocese may take further steps towards healing in the community via other projects and/or events.

Please note, if you do choose to share your name and contact email below, you may be contacted by the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to discuss your suggestion and/or feedback. Once submitted, your message/suggestion may be shared with the community on your behalf by the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. Any content shared will remain anonymous.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lina’s Project on 4979 1188.  

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