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Institutional Abuse

If you are a victim of sexual, physical or psychological abuse at the hands of another person, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries.
Over the last decade, the risk of children being abused in institutional settings such as in schools, in religious organisations and in sporting and recreational clubs has been identified as frequently occurring historically and of ongoing concern today.

The increasing awareness of child sexual abuse in institutional setting resulted in a Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and the creation of a National Redress Scheme to compensate victims. Outside of the Scheme, there has been an increase in the number of victims bringing compensation claims through the Court system.

Adults can similarly be at risk of sexual and physical abuse in workplaces, whilst in medical or aged care and in public places.

Our lawyers also have experience assisting young, unwed mothers who were previously subjected to abuse and intimidation to force them to adopt out their newborn child. Commonly referred to as ‘forced adoption’, the practice of putting an unwed mother under duress to adopt out their child once it was born was common during the 1950s through to the 1980s. Our lawyers have played a significant role in seeking changes to the law to give better access to justice and compensation for victims of forced adoption.

No matter the form that abuse can take, the consequences of abuse can be lifelong and impair many areas of a victim’s life.

Our lawyers have vast experience helping victims of abuse to bring such sensitive claims and do so in a setting that is supportive, considerate, and resolved as quickly as possible. With careful and thorough preparation of the evidence necessary to support your compensation claim, we will help you to recover the compensation that you deserve and deliver what others cannot.