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If you or someone you know has suffered institutional sexual abuse as a child in Western Australia, it may not be too late to seek help, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.

Unfortunately, Western Australia still has strict limitation periods for claims of other forms of physical and psychological (non-sexual) child abuse. WA is the only Australian state or territory to retain its civil statutes of limitation on some forms of institutional child abuse. All other states and territories have removed time limitations for all forms of child abuse, including sexual abuse and physical abuse, while Western Australia has only removed the limitations for child sexual abuse.

While this distinction may somewhat affect the claims process for victims in Western Australia, it should not deter you from seeking legal advice if you or someone you know has been a survivor of institutional child abuse in Western Australia.

Institutional abuse is a form of abuse which occurs within Western Australian institutions such as:

  • Schools and educational facilities including boarding schools;
  • Defence and military organisations;
  • Sporting associations;
  • Juvenile justice centres;
  • Churches, places of worship and other religious institutions;
  • State and Commonwealth Government departments or agencies;
  • Detention centres;
  • Care facilities;
  • Other private and public organisations.

Sexual Abuse Compensation Claims

If you or someone you know has experienced institutional sexual abuse as a child in Western Australia, contact Lionheart Lawyers to understand your rights and entitlements.

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.

We know the trauma of abuse will affect every person differently. It can be deeply confronting to pursue a claim against the institution where your abuse occurred. Our professional and sensitive legal professionals are ready to help you access the compensation you are entitled to you while ensuring you feel safe and supported throughout the process.

While no amount of compensation can take away the pain and trauma caused by abuse, it can help you access treatment and care that will allow you to put your life back together. It can also help the people closest to you, such as your parents, children, partner and other family members.

Claiming Damages for Institutional Abuse in Western Australia

If your abuse occurred within Western Australia, then proceedings will need to be issued in a WA court. It is also possible your claim may settle without the need to go to court. Depending on the circumstances of your case, damages in WA may be sought for:

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

National Redress Scheme in Western Australia

The National Redress Scheme was developed in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

While there are some benefits to this applying for compensation under this scheme, it is important to consider that if you resolve your abuse claim via the National Redress Scheme then you are unable to pursue a civil claim later. There may be significantly more options available when bringing a civil claim instead of applying through the National Redress Scheme.

It costs nothing to make a call to Lionheart Lawyers for an initial confidential consultation. We will assess your case and advise you of your options to maximise your entitlements.

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