COMPENSATION | Institutional abuse & redress claims

Institutional Abuse & Redress Lawyers With Offices In Wollongong, Campbelltown, Dubbo & Parramatta

At Melinda Griffiths Lawyers, we understand seeking legal compensation for historic sexual and/or institutional abuse can be a very sensitive and emotional experience. We are experienced professionals in this particularly sensitive area of the law.

Survivors of institutional abuse may face a range of unique challenges, from navigating complex legal processes to dealing with trauma and psychological distress. We work with survivors of abuse who have been wronged by government organisations, religious institutions, schools, and volunteer bodies, and provide support throughout the entire process.

Your story matters. With our help, your voice will be heard and your experiences will be treated with the utmost respect and sensitivity.


We will fight for your rights and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Support And Guidance

Survivors of institutional or sexual abuse often feel isolated and overwhelmed. We strive to provide emotional support and guidance throughout the legal process. We are committed to helping you feel heard, understood, and empowered.

Confidential Consultation

Melinda Griffiths Lawyers offers a free, confidential consultation to survivors of institutional or sexual abuse. During this consultation, we will listen to your story, assess your case, and explain your legal options. We provide a safe space where you will be heard, respected and valued.

Legal Representation

If you choose to work with Melinda Griffiths Lawyers, we provide you with experienced and skilled legal representation throughout your case. Our team will handle all aspects of your case, including gathering evidence, negotiating with the responsible parties, and representing you in court.

Let Us Help You

Whether you experienced abuse in state care, juvenile detention, school, church, an orphanage, foster care, a sporting club or other organisation, you may be entitled to claim compensation or redress.

It is vital to obtain advice as to your rights and determine what rights are more appropriate and valuable to you.

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.

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 supporting materials and documents are provided with your redress application as you will not be permitted to lodge a further application.

We have had significant involvement in matters where there were public hearings into abuse at institutions.

How The Claims Process Works

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How We Can Help

At Melinda Griffiths Lawyers, we recognise that pursuing an institutional abuse claim can be an emotionally charged and difficult process for survivors. We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment, and to fighting tirelessly for justice and accountability on your behalf.


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Melinda and staff, thank you for your efforts in bringing my case to a happy ending!


Melinda and her team were excellent, very supportive and professional.


Melinda Griffiths and her team will strive to achieve the maximum compensation you are entitled to. The care and attention to detail are second to none.


Picked up the pieces and reconstructed an old case I had almost lost hope for, and settled the matter. It was not easy, but MGL managed everything.


We have had the best out come possible. Thanks again for an exceptional job both of you. I would recommend this practice to anyone.


No Win, No Fee Lawyers*

We understand pursuing a legal claim can be a daunting prospect. That’s why we operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.

When you trust us to represent your case, you won’t pay any upfront fees for our legal services. We receive payment if and when we are successful in obtaining compensation on your behalf.

We choose to work this way to provide you with peace of mind and the confidence to pursue your legal claim.

Our no win, no fee policy is our way of ensuring you know we have your best interests in mind and are committed to achieving a successful outcome for you.


We’re Here To Help

Reach out to schedule a confidential consultation about your legal situation. We will explain the stages of the relevant legal process and develop a plan to achieve the outcome you want.


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