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If you or someone you know has experienced institutional sexual abuse in South Australia, you may be eligible to seek compensation.

Of course, no amount of compensation can make up for the trauma you have experienced, but it can greatly assist you in seeking treatment and resetting your life. It can also contribute to the healing process for you and the people closest to you, such as parents, children, your partner and other family members.

Institutional abuse is any form of abuse which occurs within public or private establishments in South Australia, such as:

  • South Australian schools and educational facilities;
  • South Australian State Government bodies;
  • Commonwealth Government departments or agencies;
  • Childcare centres;
  • Care homes;
  • Religious institutions, including churches and places of worship;
  • Defence departments;
  • Detention centres.

Sexual Abuse Compensation Claims

If you or someone in your life has experienced institutional abuse in South Australia, contact the team at Lionheart Lawyers. We will connect you with an experienced and sensitive legal professional to ensure you always feel safe and comfortable.

No matter when your institutional abuse occurred, even if it is a historical abuse case, it may not be too late to seek help.

We understand how difficult it can be to mentally prepare yourself to make a claim against the South Australian institution where your abuse occurred. Trauma affects everyone differently, and we are here to provide tailored support as you navigate the claims process.

Claiming Damages for Institutional Abuse in South Australia

Every state and territory has its own laws relating to sexual and institutional abuse.

If your abuse occurred in South Australia while you were under 18 years of age, then you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation – no matter how many years have elapsed.

South Australian Parliament has passed legislation that allows for people with a previously settled claim to apply to the court to re-litigate their claim, but this is contingent on a number of circumstances. If you would like to check whether you may be eligible to revisit a previously resolved child sexual abuse case in South Australia, contact us.  

In a South Australian court, damages may be sought for:

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

The National Redress Scheme in South Australia

If you have previously sought assistance for institutional child sexual abuse, you may have already heard about the National Redress Scheme. This scheme was developed in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Importantly, if you accept an offer via the National Redress Scheme, you will not be eligible to make a civil claim for institutional childhood sexual abuse.

Before applying to this scheme, be sure to speak to Lionheart Lawyers. We will help you to understand your entitlements and determine the option which will maximise your compensation.

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