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Information for those affected and their relatives

The autumn general assembly of the German bishops in September 2020 decided to develop the further development of the procedure for recognizing suffering. The Permanent Council of the German Bishops' Conference completed this further development of the procedure for recognizing suffering on November 24, 2020. In accordance with the recommendations of the MHG study, this establishes a uniform, transparent and more independent procedure for the recognition of suffering in the German dioceses for victims of sexual abuse. In future, payments to those affected will be determined by an independent and interdisciplinary committee that will also order the direct payment of benefits. The dioceses also cover the costs of therapy and counseling for couples. The procedure started on January 1, 2021.
To the press release of November 24, 2020

More information and the new applications can be found on the website of the Independent Commission for Recognition Services.

The regulations on the procedure for recognizing suffering are available under Norms and Guidelines.

How does the suffering recognition process work?

  1. People who have experienced sexual abuse as minors or adults under protection should turn to the independent contact persons of a (arch) diocese.
  2. The independent contact persons conduct an interview and can help you fill out the application form.
  3. The application is forwarded by the contact person or the diocese to the Independent Commission for Recognition Services (UKA).
  4. The Independent Commission sets an amount of benefits and orders the payment to those affected.
  5. The office of the Independent Commission informs the person concerned and the responsible diocese and pays out the specified amount directly.

During the further development, numerous suggestions, which were particularly requested by those affected, were implemented. The central payment ensures that the processing time is significantly accelerated. In addition, there is a shortened procedure for those affected who have already received benefits so that the risk of retraumatisation is minimized. In addition, those affected can obtain information from the office of the decision-making body which diocese is responsible for receiving the application.