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Sexual Abuse Claims

Historical or redress sexual abuse claims – Wollongong & Illawarra specialist lawyers 

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Melinda Griffiths Lawyers are specialists in the Wollongong area in this particularly sensitive area of the law, involving historical or redress sexual abuse claims.

Historical sexual abuse

Whether you were abused in state care, juvenile detention, school, church, orphanages, foster care, sporting clubs or other organisations such as the Salvation Army or Scouts, you may be entitled to claim compensation or redress.

I have represented many survivors of historical sexual abuse.

I understand the emotional difficulties when survivors seek redress or compensation. I ensure that your claim is dealt with with compassion and understanding.

National Redress Scheme – commenced 1 July 2018

NSW survivors of institutional child sexual abuse are eligible to seek redress under the National Redress Scheme which commenced on 1 July 2018.

The National Redress Scheme will run for 10 years and survivors can apply for redress. The Scheme includes a maximum payment of $150,000.00. However care needs to be taken when accepting compensation under the redress scheme. Upon accepting any redress you are barred from bringing any common law claims against the institutions. Similarly only one application can be lodged, it is imperative that all supportive materials and documents are provided with your redress application as you will not be permitted to lodge a further application.

The Royal Commission findings demonstrated that many institutions failed to have appropriate systems established to ensure that children in care were protected from abuse.

I have had significant involvement in matters where there were pubic hearings into abuse at institutions.

Get advice on your rights

Your common law rights are different to your redress rights. It is vital to obtain advice as to your rights and determine what rights are more appropriate and valuable to you.


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Get in touch for a confidential consultation about your legal situation. We will be able to explain the stages of the personal injury compensation process and develop an affordable plan to get the outcome you want.

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