Redress and compensation for survivors of child sexual abuse
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has revealed extensive sexual abuse of children in Australian institutions. The responsible institution should be held to account and survivors of abuse should consider whether to seek financial redress or compensation.
The Royal Commission is investigating the potential ways that survivors of institutional child sexual abuse could receive redress. They have received submissions and will publish a final report about a potential redress scheme in the middle of 2015. The report is expected to make recommendations to Government about establishing a redress scheme.
You may also have a legal entitlement to claim compensation by bringing a civil claim against the institution responsible for the abuse.
Compensation claims can be complex. Whether there is a body that can be sued and whether the usual time limits for bringing a claim can be extended are often issues that need to be carefully considered.
Turner Freeman has successfully acted for clients in claims for compensation against institutions including schools and church bodies. If you have suffered from abuse contact us so that we can talk to you about potential entitlements.
Revisiting abuse can be confronting. The experienced lawyers at Turner Freeman aim to make the legal process as easy as possible.
If you, a family member or a friend have experienced child sexual abuse in an institutional context, contact Turner Freeman to discuss available legal options.
We will investigate your claim and advise you on a No Win, No Fee basis.