Sexual, physical and institutional abuse
Abuse claim lawyers
Our expert abuse claims lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Our dedicated team understand the difficulties you are facing, and will make sure the process is as simple as possible.
Specially trained in trauma-informed practice, our lawyers and support staff will approach your personal injury claim in a respectful, discreet manner to ensure your specific needs are met.
Maurice Blackburn has experience managing claims for clients who were subjected to abuse within organisations including churches, church- and state-run institutions, public and private schools, youth and sporting clubs, foster homes, reformatory schools and prisons.
We offer 'no win, no fee'* arrangements for these types of cases, which means that you don’t have to pay for our legal services if we don't win.
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia. Contact Maurice Blackburn for more information. Contact us today to find out more about the redress scheme and how we can help.
Changes to Victorian legislation
In June 2019, the Victorian Government announced changes to legislation that significantly improves the rights of survivors to seek adequate compensation for the horrific abuse they suffered at the hands of institutions. This change means abuse survivors previously paid off in paltry sums by institutions will be able to go back and claim proper amounts of compensation.
Institutional abuse - Federal redress scheme
The National Redress Scheme has been set up to provide compensation and acknowledge the harm suffered by victims of institutional sexual abuse. Our lawyers can provide advice about your legal options.
The Redress Scheme is not your only avenue for compensation. You can apply for compensation directly from the institution where the abuse occurred. You may still be able to seek compensation from the Redress Scheme after you have received compensation directly from an institution.
Speak to one of our abuse lawyers today to understand your rights.
Dimi IoannouNational Head of Public Liability and Consumer Protection, Abuse law
"It’s important that people know they are protected if something goes wrong through the negligence of someone else, and I pride myself on achieving a just outcome for those affected."
Trang van HeugtenSpecial Counsel,
"I have a particular interest in a range of compensation matters, as well as in bringing claims for the survivors of childhood sexual abuse."
John RuleSenior Associate, Abuse law
"I enjoy fighting for the rights of everyday Australians to achieve fair results, especially when there’s an imbalance of power."
Frequently Asked Questions
It doesn’t cost you anything to know where you stand. Your first consultation with Maurice Blackburn’s abuse lawyers is free, and we will provide expert legal advice as to whether you have a case.
Laws in states and territories differ across Australia, so the claim process will be different depending on the situation and location of your case. Seeking legal advice as soon as you feel able to is recommended so that you know where you stand. Our expert and trauma informed practice trained lawyers will guide you through the steps needed, making the process as simple and stress free as possible.
The laws have recently changed in some states so that time limits no longer apply. In other states, a time limit will apply in most cases. Speak to one of our expert abuse lawyers to find out where you stand.