Sexual & Institutional Abuse Lawyers

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Institutional abuse is a form of abuse which occurs within institutions such as State and Commonwealth Government departments or agencies, schools and boarding schools, defence departments, churches and religious institutions, detention centres, care homes and other private and public organisations.

Often these institutions exist to protect and foster young or vulnerable lives, and yet when abuse occurs, they become places of trauma and anguish for their victims.

If you or someone you know has suffered institutional abuse as a child, including institutional sexual abuse, it may not be too late to seek help – regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.

We understand it can be overwhelming to contemplate making a claim against the institution where such abuse occurred. We also recognise that no amount of compensation can undo the pain caused by abuse. But it is important to remember that you may be entitled to financial compensation to assist in rebuilding your life and healing from your experience.  

Sexual Abuse Compensation Claims

If you or someone you know has experienced institutional abuse, then talk to one of our compassionate and experienced lawyers. You will be listened to with sensitivity and understanding.

We recognise that the trauma of abuse can affect every individual differently, and we will do everything we can to ensure you are heard and supported as we navigate you through each step of the process.

Lionheart Lawyers have more than 50 years of combined experience in pursuing compensation claims and advocating for victims to help them obtain the compensation they are entitled to.

Claiming Damages for Institutional Abuse

No matter how many years have elapsed since the abuse occurred, you may be entitled to pursue compensation. Every state and territory has its own laws relating to sexual and institutional abuse. Depending on where the abuse occurred, proceedings will need to be issued in the relevant court. It is also possible that your claim may settle without the need to go to court.

Damages may be sought for:

  • Pain and suffering;
  • Economic loss;
  • Domestic care and assistance;
  • Medical expenses;
  • Loss of earning capacity;
  • Aggravated or punitive damages intended to punish the institution at fault.

While the process of seeking compensation for institutional child abuse or institutional sexual abuse may be confronting and challenging, it can also bring benefits that extend beyond financial compensation. For instance, it may help other abuse survivors affected by the same institution, or prevent future abuse from occurring altogether.  Importantly, it can also be enormously helpful in the healing process for you and the people closest to you, such as parents, children, partners and other family members.

If you have previously sought help for institutional child sexual abuse, then you may have heard about the National Redress Scheme. This scheme was developed in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. While there are benefits to this applying for compensation under this scheme, it is best to speak to Lionheart Lawyers first to understand your full entitlements and determine the option most suited to your personal circumstances.

Contact one of our expert lawyers for a free and confidential initial consultation. We have multilingual lawyers in multiple locations across NSW who will make every effort to accommodate your needs and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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