Institutional abuse in Ballarat
Maurice Blackburn is helping those who suffered institutional abuse within the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat claim compensation.
If you are a survivor of institutional abuse that happened between 1965 and 1990 at parishes and schools throughout the Ballarat Diocese, no amount of financial redress can take away the pain caused. However, you may be entitled to compensation that will provide at least some support and acknowledgement of what happened to you.
You are not alone. The scale of the abuse in Ballarat, revealed during The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, was widespread. It took place in many schools, churches and homes in the region, affecting many young people.
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is currently representing people who suffered abuse in Ballarat during this time and can help you seek justice too. Making a legal claim ensures the Diocese has to acknowledge the appalling abuses that happened behind closed doors for so many years.
How we can help.
For the first time, survivors of abuse have options as to how they can seek compensation, if they wish to do so.
The National Redress Scheme is not your only avenue for compensation. You can apply for compensation directly from the institution where the abuse occurred.
If you or someone you know were abused at St Pat’s, speak to one of our experienced lawyers about the options available to you, and how we might be able to support you through the process. While the thought of bringing a legal claim may seem daunting, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers will support you every step of the way.
We understand that the process can be very difficult and stressful for the people concerned, and their friends and family. Our specially trained team have helped hundreds of clients hold institutions to account for what happened to them. And we’ve helped these survivors with the care, confidentiality and compassion required.
A legal claim
One of the key benefits of a legal claim for damages is they are not capped at $150,000 as under the redress scheme and, in most cases, will be worth considerably more.
National Redress Scheme
Compensation can be awarded but there are limitations to the amount you will receive which, in most cases, is less than that of a legal claim. Importantly, if you seek a payment through the National Redress Scheme, you will never be able to make a legal claim.
It took me 32 years to tell my story. You feel like no one understands you, no one gets you. But then suddenly you are heard. To have someone on your side, to take on that battle with you. It’s a relief.
From the very first meeting, I felt I had someone on my side. I had someone who I could trust, and I had never felt that before.
I want an answer as to why nothing was done for so long. I want to know it has been acknowledged. I need people to understand it happened and that this will affect us for the rest of our lives.
After years of telling people what happened, I finally was believed and got justice. It meant a lot to me that those in charge were made accountable and had to own up to what happened in the time I was there.
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While no amount of compensation can undo the horrific crimes of child sexual abuse, knowing that I can effect positive change for my clients - whether it be with a financial settlement or an apology from the institution – drives me to fight for justice.