People can participate in this Inquiry in different ways and, in most cases, you will not need a lawyer.
However, there will be times when you may need a lawyer to help you if you want to prepare a witness statement about your experiences, or if you are asked to give evidence at a public hearing.
Survivors who want to share their experience with the Inquiry in writing can now get literacy support from the NZ Howard League Trust, Literacy Aotearoa and The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust.
If any content in this website has raised difficult emotional issues for you, and you would like to talk to a support person, below is a list of some of the telephone helplines or services that offer support, information and help. All services are free.