Guide: Reporting to the Royal Commission on Sexual Abuse

The Network for Survivors of Abuse in Faith-based Institutions has published a guide for survivors who want to report to the Royal Commission.

From the police

Police have produced a series of videos for victims of sexual assault that outlines what is involved in reporting a sexual assault to them. We collaborated with various support agencies in creating these videos and our goal is that they become a useful resource, are widely shared and of course reach victims and others who can benefit most from this information.


Child Abuse Trauma: Theory and Treatment of the Lasting Effects

This volume considers the unique and overlapping long-term effects of all major forms of child maltreatment. The author integrates information on seven types of child abuse and neglect – ranging from sexual and physical abuse to mistreatment by alcoholic or drug-addicted parents. Written by John N. Briere

Trauma and Recovery

When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Herman’s volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. Written by Judith L. Herman

The Invisible Wound: A new approach to healing childhood sexual abuse 

A wonderful book for those who wish to contact their inner child. Almost essential reading, as it is the child we once were that needs to do the healing work. Written by Wayne Kritsberg.

The Courage to Heal

This is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every person who was sexually abused as a child and to those who care about them. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible. Written by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

Allies in Healing 

Based on in-depth interviews and her workshops for partners across the country, Laura Davis offers practical advice and encouragement to all partners—girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses, and lovers—trying to support the survivors in their lives while tending to their own needs along the way. Written by Laura Davis.

Abused Boys: The neglected victims of sexual abuse 

An excellent self help book, with a series of survivor stories. Includes questions at the end of each chapter helping the reader relate the content to his own experience. Written by Mic Hunter.


Care Support Reduces Carer Burden

In a world first, La Trobe University research has shown how peer-led support programs for family and friends who provide regular support to an adult diagnosed with a mental health condition can significantly improve carer well-being.

NZ Research Team to Inform Peer Support Effectiveness 

Examining the journeys of adult male survivors of sexual abuse and the services they need: identifying effective practice and gaps from a ready model of peer support in New Zealand.

The Report-Working with men

Good practice guidelines for “mainstream” crisis support services responding to sexual violence perpetrated against adults. Written by Toah Nest

The Report -Where’s Harry?

A client centred approach to supporting men who have been sexually abused as children. Written by David Mitchell, Philip Chapman, Dee Cresswell.

Study: The Freedom to be, the Chance to Dream

US Study Reveals Surprising Results on Female Victimisation of Males 

“Unless we uproot the simplistic stereotypes that limit understandings about sexual victimisation, we will not address it accurately, nor will we respond to victims empathically. Those victimised by women are doubly harmed when we fail to treat their abuse as worthy of concern.” …Semple, Flores, Meyer

Using Peer Support in Developing Empowering Mental Health Services (UPSIDES): Background, Rationale and Methodology

Peers are people with lived experience of mental illness. Peer support is an established intervention in which peers offer support to others with mental illness. A large proportion of people living with severe mental illness receive no care. The care gap is largest in low- and middle-income countries, with detrimental effects on individuals and societies.

Taking a Gamble for High Rewards? Management Perspectives on the Value of Mental Health Peer Workers

Mental health peer work is attracting growing interest and provides a potentially impactful method of service user involvement in mental health design and delivery, contributing to mental health reform.