Victoria Sexual & Institutional Abuse Lawyers

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Sydney, NSW, ACT & WA

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If you or someone you know has suffered institutional sexual abuse in Victoria, no matter how long ago it occurred, it is never too late to seek help. You may be able make a claim for compensation to help you rebuild your life and heal from your experience.

Institutional abuse can occur in any private or public organisation throughout Victoria. Examples include:

  • Victorian Government departments or agencies;
  • Commonwealth Government departments or agencies;
  • Defence departments;
  • Detention centres;
  • Schools, boarding schools and educational facilities;
  • Churches and religious institutions; and
  • Care homes.

Along with the wide-reaching trauma caused, institutional abuse also represents a dire failure of the institution to protect those within its care.

Even if you were a victim of historical child sexual abuse, may be eligible to pursue compensation.

While it may seem daunting to consider a claim against the institution where such abuse occurred, it may also play a crucial role in overcoming your trauma. Compensation can help you seek treatment and assistance in your life. It may also assist any other survivors of abuse from the same Victorian institution, and possibly even prevent instances of abuse from occurring to others in the future.

Sexual Abuse Compensation Claims

If you or someone you know has suffered institutional abuse in Melbourne or elsewhere in Victoria, reach out to the team at Lionheart Lawyers. Our experienced legal practitioners will listen to you with utmost discretion and compassion. We have diverse and multilingual lawyers in multiple locations who will assess your case and advise you of your entitlements.

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.

With more than 50 years of combined experience in pursuing compensation claims, Lionheart Lawyers are skilled at obtaining all the compensation you are entitled to.

Claiming Damages for Institutional Abuse in Victoria

Regardless of when your Victorian institutional abuse occurred, you may be entitled to pursue compensation. Depending on the circumstances of the case, damages may be sought for:

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

Together with financial compensation, the claims process can help abuse survivors and their families to get their lives back on track.

Victorian National Redress Scheme

Victims of institutional child sexual abuse in Victoria may have considered seeking redress through the National Redress Scheme.

This scheme was developed in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. There are benefits to this scheme, however, we strongly advise seeking legal advice before applying. Our lawyers will tailor advice to your personal circumstances to ensure you are able to access your full entitlements.

It costs nothing to contact Lionheart Lawyers for an initial confidential consultation to discuss your case.

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