Institutional abuse in Parramatta
Maurice Blackburn is helping women who suffered institutional abuse at Parramatta Girls Home (also known as Parramatta Training School) claim compensation.
If you are a survivor of institutionl abuse that happened between 1960 - 1974 at Parramatta Girls Home, 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 at Parramatta Girls Home and Parramatta Girls Training school was revealed during The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Maurice Blackburn is currently representing several clients that attended Parramatta Girls Home. They can help you seek justice, and for the institution 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.
While the process of bringing a legal claim may seem daunting, we are here to support you every step of the way, and to make the process simple and fair.
If you or someone you know were abused at Parramatta Girls Home or Training School, 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.
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.
A story like yours
Maurice Blackburn helped Robyn receive the compensation she deserved for the years of abuse she suffered at Parramatta Girls’ Home.
Robyn was sent to Parramatta Girls’ Home at the age of 16. She had run away from an abusive home life at 14, however, her life in the system also failed her. The institution’s carers, whose duty was to look after her, physically and verbally abused her.
Following decades dealing with depression, anxiety and social withdrawal, at 70 years old, Robyn decided to fight for justice.
“While it would never take away what happened, or the impact it had on my life, I finally felt believed. Going through Maurice Blackburn was the right choice for me. 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.
“My lawyer helped me prepare for what would happen next, as well as explain anything I didn’t understand. I liked not having to figure anything out on my own, my lawyer was always on the other end of the phone.
It was never going to be easy, to remember and go through what happened to us girls. But I could finally say “gotcha”. It was the best outcome I could have received as the people who did this are no longer on this earth to be punished or apologise”.
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.
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