Access to literacy support will help reduce barriers for survivors

NZ Howard League Chief Executive Mike Williams said NZ Howard League is proud to support people in prison who wish to make submissions to the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care.

“Many of the people we work with in the criminal justice system endured traumatic experiences as children and young people and were victims well before they became offenders. Having an opportunity to tell their story, and to be listened to, can be an essential step in their recovery and rehabilitation.”

Department of Corrections General Manager Integrated Practice and Innovation Kym Grierson said many people in prison struggle with literacy challenges on a day to day basis.

“Being able to access literacy support will help reduce barriers further for survivors in prison wanting to engage with the Inquiry,” Grierson said. 

Advocacy National Director Erika Butters said people with learning disabilities are unique in that they have a higher experience of abuse and harm, but less recognition and opportunity to tell their stories.

“Supporting people to share their experiences with the Inquiry will change this, and make sure their voice is both heard and counted.”

Contact the Royal Commission on our freephone number 0800-222-727 to find out more about accessing literacy support to complete a written account

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