The Royal Commission into Intuitional Reposes to Child Sexual Abuse shocked and appalled the government with the evidence of thousands of children who suffered ongoing abuse at the hands of those people in who were responsible for their care. The victims of such abuse have been living with the impacts and trauma of the abuse for most of their lives and the impact of which have had a lasting and devastating effect.
What to do if you have been abused?
We understand that it can be extremely difficult for victims of abuse to talk about what they have experienced, no matter how long ago it was.
If you are the victim of intuitional abuse we strongly recommend that you seek advice from an experienced lawyer about your options for making a claim. Your lawyer can talk with you about your options and the process of making a claim. There is no time limit for making a claim for historical sexual abuse, so its not too late to make a claim or report your abuse.
It’s also a good idea to let your doctor know, reporting your abuse is stressful and your doctor can help you to get the physical and or mental support you need.
Making a claim
We have seen clients suffer the ongoing impacts of institutional abuse which affects all facets of your life and can have lasting effects. No amount of money can ever repair the trauma of abuse, physically and mentally, but it could assist with day-to-day living costs and ongoing medical or psychological assistance to help you on your long term recovery.
Most of the time compensation usually involves money, but can also include an apology or admission of guilt. The latter being something that usually helps providing closure to victims in a way money just cannot.
When you meet with your lawyer for the first time to discuss your matter, we will listen without judgement and ask questions about the impact on your whole life. Often if you have been a victim of institutional abuse the trauma you have experienced can affect your employment, relationships, mental and physical health, all which is relevant to your claim.
If you decide to proceed with making a claim your lawyer will discuss what has happened and any evidence required to support your claim. This may include statements from family members and friends, clinical notes from any treating doctors, medical reports, details of your employment, and information from the police. Your lawyer will then be able to assess your case and discuss your options for making a claim for compensation.
How can Chamberlains assist me?
Being the victim of institutional abuse is a traumatic experience not many people will ever be able to understand. It can make you feel traumatized, baffled and powerless. We can help you through the complexities of the claims process and will stand up for what you deserve.
At Chamberlains, we offer a supportive and understanding environment to help you feel in charge of the process, and we will assist you in fighting for suitable compensation for your traumatic experience.