With Blue Knot Day approaching Interrelate is reminding Orana region people it provides free support to people who are directly or indirectly affected by processes of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the organisation has said.

“There are an estimated 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma” said Interrelate Area Manager Anne Heath.

“Blue Knot Day is important for raising awareness of child abuse, tackling the stigma, fostering hope and promoting recovery for survivors. At Interrelate we can assist with counselling and free Royal Commission Community Based Support Services (RCCBSS) that can help members of the community deal with the effects of childhood trauma so they can build supportive and healthy relationships that aid in their recovery,” she said.

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Interrelate’s free service provides comprehensive therapeutic support to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse through:

• information

• counselling (face-to-face or via phone)

• assistance to engage with and attend the Royal Commission

• debriefing after the Royal Commission

• referral to other services as needed

“Last year Interrelate assisted 322 survivors through this free service. One of these clients told his counsellor that he feels his little boy is healing and he knows that he has become confident to be himself, to make choices because he knows what happened to him wasn’t his fault. We hope to help many more people in the same way this year and are committed to ensuring that survivors experience an approach that will meet their specific and diverse needs,” she added.

Interrelate will be hosting an afternoon tea on Blue Knot Day, with all welcome to attend and find out more about the services available.

The afternoon tea will be held from 3pm to 4pm on Monday, 24 October at Interrelate’s offices at  138 Darling Street, Dubbo. People can RSVP by phoning 02 6815 9650.

If you are, or know anyone in need of this support, please contact Interrelate’s RCCBSS on 1300 134 924 or by emailing RCCBSS@interrelate.org.au.