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If you or someone close to you has suffered sexual abuse or another form of abuse in a NSW institution, it may be possible to pursue a claim for compensation.

Institutional abuse in NSW refers to abuse which occurs in NSW Government departments or agencies, NSW educational facilities such as schools and boarding schools, NSW churches or other religious institutions, and any other public or private organisations such as detention centres or care homes.

It is particularly devastating when a place meant to protect people becomes one where abuse occurs.

If you know someone who was abused as a child in a NSW institution, regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred, it may not be too late to seek help.

Our lawyers are acutely aware of how difficult it may be to consider making a claim related to institutional or sexual abuse you may have suffered as an adult or a child. However, compensation can play a crucial role in helping you and your family to rebuild your life, seek treatment, and move on from your trauma.

Importantly, seeking compensation can also have additional benefits. It may help other abuse victims affected by the same NSW institution, and in some cases it could even prevent future abuse from occurring.

Sexual Abuse Compensation Claims

If you or someone you know has experienced institutional abuse in NSW, the compassionate and experienced team at Lionheart Lawyers can help.  

The impact of trauma can be long-lasting and affect every individual in different ways. We will take great care to support you so that you remain as comfortable as possible throughout the claims process.

Claiming Damages for Institutional Abuse in NSW

NSW institutional sexual abuse law allows you to pursue compensation regardless of how many years have passed since the abuse occurred.

In NSW, damages sought may include:

  • General damages;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Past loss of income;
  • Future loss of income;
  • Domestic care and assistance;
  • Medical expenses;
  • Loss of superannuation;
  • Exemplary damages.

NSW Institutional Abuse and the National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme was developed in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. If you have been a victim of child sexual abuse, then you may have been advised to seek help via this scheme.

Before applying to the National Redress Scheme, speak to Lionheart Lawyers. It costs nothing to call for an initial consultation with one of our skilled professional lawyers. We will assess your case and advise you on the best way to maximise your entitlements based your personal circumstances.

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