There are many ways in which you can share your experience. At a private session, in person or by video call, as a witness in a public hearing, by providing a written account or witness statement, or attending a roundtable or hui in your local community.


Before registering with the commission to share your experiences as a survivor it is a good idea to check the types of abuse the Inquiry will investigate, and read the short version of the Terms of Reference.

  Places of abuse

We will investigate abuse in care provided by the State (social welfare, education, law enforcement and health) and faith-based institutions.

  Terms of Reference

We have created a shorter version of the Terms of Reference so it is easier to read. This has been translated it into seven languages and Easy Read.

Read the Terms of Reference


Registering with us starts the process of sharing your experiences with the Inquiry.

  Register by phone

You can either call us or request a call back and we will call you.

Register by phone

  Register by email

Sending an email to our contact center with the subject "Register" is the first step.

Register by email


You can choose to be heard in a private session, either by video call or on the phone, or you can choose to share your experience in writing.

The Royal Commission provides all survivors with wellbeing support. If you need wellbeing support at any time please get in touch with our Contact Centre on Call 0800 222 727 or email: contact@abuseincare.org.nz Literacy support is also available if you are submitting a written account.

  Share in person

You can choose to share your experiences with a Commissioner at a private session.

About private sessions

  Share in writing

You can send us your experiences in writing by sending us your written account. 

How to share in writing

Share by video call

If you choose to share your experience by video call, you can be in a familiar place where you feel comfortable talking. We will agree a time and date with you and we will send details a week before your session of what you need to do and how the it works.


Other ways to be involved

Stay up to date with the work of the Inquiry while the reports to the Government are created.

  Read the newsletter

After registering you will start receiving our monthly newsletter. This will keep you informed of what we have done recently and what is coming up.

Register to subscribe

  Watch public hearings

Our public hearings are live streamed to the internet so you can watch them in real time. You can also watch recordings after the event.

About public hearings

  Follow us on Facebook

Stay on top of the latest news and updates from the Inquiry.

View our Facebook page

  Spread the word

We need your help to let other survivors and your community know about the Inquiry and how they can get involved.

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