From: Royal Australian Air Force News Feed
Date: Wed 11/07/2012 8:26 PM

DLA Piper Report of the Review of Allegations of Sexual and other forms of abuse in Defence

On 10 July 2012 the Minister for Defence Stephen Smith released the final report of Phase One of a review by law firm DLA Piper into allegations of sexual and other forms of abuse in the Australian Defence Force.

DLA Piper was engaged by Defence to methodically review allegations at arm’s length from Defence and to make recommendations for further action. The review was in two phases.

Visit the background page if you would like to learn more about the background of this review.

The Final Report of Phase 1 of the DLA Piper Review of Allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence (redacted for public release) is available here.

Defence has been advised that the Government is still considering its options regarding Phase Two of the Review.

Support provided by the Department of Defence

Current or former members of the ADF, Defence civilians and family members who are experiencing distress or otherwise feel they require assistance are encouraged to access one of the following counseling services:

Current ADF Personnel (All Hours Support Line)
1800 628 036.

Current Defence APS employees including immediate family members
(24 Hours, 7 days a week support line through the Employee Assistance Program)
1300 361 008.

Former ADF or former Defence APS Personnel including immediate family members
(24 Hours, 7 days a week support line through the Employee Assistance Program)
1300 361 008.

Support provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) handles compensation and support for former or current Australian Defence Force personnel who suffered or suffer injury or conditions related to their service.

Please call 1800 816 306 to discuss your circumstances with DVA.

Counselling is also available to eligible ADF members and their families through the VVCS-Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service on 1800 011 046. It is a free and confidential service, available 24 hours a day across Australia.