Have you experienced institutional abuse in Sydney, NSW? Need expert representation?
Institutional Abuse Lawyers Sydney
At Beilby Poulden Costello, we understand that nothing can take away the pain and trauma that survivors of child abuse suffer throughout their lifetime. However, financial compensation, counselling, acknowledgement and in some cases an apology from the responsible institution can provide some solace for victims and assist with the process of healing.
We understand that speaking up and sharing traumatic and intimate details about the abuse is difficult. We have a team of experts who are available to listen to your story, act on your behalf and ensure that you receive the justice that you deserve. We will make sure that you feel understood and supported, every step of the process.
We have experience in advocating for survivors who have experienced child abuse at:
- Church or Church-run institutions
- Juvenile Justice Centres
- Educational Institutions such as schools and childcare facilities.
- Sporting Clubs
- Residential Care & Out of Home Care
- Training homes, training schools, reformatories, and cadets.
and many others.
At Beilby Poulden Costello, we take pride in advocating for individuals from all walks of life. We understand that many survivors face complex challenges after the abuse which dramatically affect the course of their life.
Institutional Abuse Frequently Asked Questions
BPC Lawyers, Specialist Personal Injury and Compensation Lawyers Sydney have helped thousands of people successfully claim compensation.
Child sexual abuse occurs when someone uses their power or authority to involve a child in sexual activity. Children are usually abused by someone that they know. Grooming, threats tricks or bribes may be used to keep the child from telling anyone about the abuse.
There are no time limits for damages claims with respect to institutional abuse. One outcome of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was the removal of time limits in relation to these claims.
In certain circumstances, the Court may stay proceedings where a fair trial cannot be held. This law is currently the subject of an appeal to the High Court and the law will become clearer in respect of this issue in the next few months.
You are entitled to make a claim for damages and seek compensation for an amount which includes pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses, domestic care and assistance and aggravated damages.
In the alternative, you may be able to make an application under the redress scheme. The threshold of proof required to receive compensation under the redress scheme is less than would be involved in going to Court, however the compensation available is limited.
You should seek our advice about whether it is your best interests to make a claim or accept an offer under the redress scheme.
We have a dedicated team of child abuse claim experts who are able to provide you with compassionate and expert advice. Our team will ensure that you are supported and provided with the representation that you need to ensure that you get the justice that you deserve.