ACT Sexual & Institutional Abuse Lawyers

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The tragic reality of abuse is that it can take many years to mentally process and can have effects that last a lifetime. Thankfully, the ACT has removed the time limits associated with seeking help or making a claim for institutional child sexual abuse or physical abuse.

If you or someone in your life has been the victim of institutional child abuse in the ACT, no matter when that abuse occurred, you may be eligible to seek compensation. While no amount of money can fix the anguish caused by abuse, compensation can assist you and your family access valuable treatment and resources for recovery.

Institutional abuse is any abuse which occurs within Canberra and ACT institutions including:

  • Commonwealth and State Government departments or agencies;
  • Public and private schools, boarding schools and educational facilities;
  • Military organisations;
  • Places of worship such as churches and other religious institutions;
  • Detention centres;
  • Sporting associations;
  • Care homes;
  • Other private and public organisations.

Sexual Abuse Compensation Claims

We know it can be overwhelming to consider making a claim against the institution where your abuse occurred. However, the benefits can be profound. If you have experienced institutional abuse the ACT, speak to one of our experienced and caring lawyers for a free, confidential and obligation-free consultation.

Experience has taught us that the trauma of abuse affects everyone in unique ways, and we are ready to support you through the process with utmost sensitivity and understanding.

Claiming Damages for Institutional Abuse in ACT

Depending on the circumstances of your case, compensation for institutional abuse, including institutional child sexual abuse, may cover: 

  • Pain and suffering;
  • Loss of past and/or future income;
  • Domestic assistance and care;
  • Past and/or future medical and treatment expenses;
  • Punitive damages intended to punish the institution at fault.

The National Redress Scheme in the ACT

The National Redress Scheme was set up in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It is important to seek legal advice before applying to this scheme because once you have accepted compensation under the National Redress Scheme you will not be able to make a civil claim. A civil claim can potentially allow for much greater scope for compensation.

Your first step should be to call Lionheart Lawyers for a free initial consultation. We will listen to you, assess your case, and advise you how you can maximise your entitlements – all so you can move forward with your life in the best way possible.

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