My experience as a client working with the team at Mazzeo Lawyers made a prolonged, complex and sensitive case more bearable to endure. Throughout the process, I felt I had an outstanding team behind me. At times, they went above and beyond. Despite the many challenges, their professionalism and expertise ultimately provided me with an excellent outcome. I will forever be grateful to Nick Mazzeo and his talented team.
Sexual Abuse Claims
I previously settled my sexual abuse claim and I believe it was inadequate, can I make a further claim?
How do I make a sexual abuse claim for compensation?
There are a number of different avenues available to claim compensation. These include:
- Civil claim (i.e. claim in Court)
- Section 85B Sentencing Act claim
- Redress Scheme claim
- Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal claim
Each type of claim has a unique process with different costs and time frames for resolution.
What compensation can I claim in my sexual abuse claim?
Depending on the type of claim you make you may be able to claim the following: –
- General damages (i.e. Pain and Suffering damages)
- Loss of earnings or earning capacity
- Medical and like expenses
- Exemplary damages
- Aggravated damages
What are the time limits that apply to making a claim for sexual abuse?
In Victoria there are no longer time limits that apply to making a civil claim if you were abused when you were a child. This does not mean that you should delay in bringing a claim.
There are however time limits that apply to making a Section 85B Sentencing Act claim, Redress Scheme claim and a Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal claim.
Where can I find support?
Outside of the legal support we provide, we strongly encourage you to find support in the following areas:
- Your General Practitioner
- Centre Against Sexual Assault (i.e. CASA)
- Victoria Police sexual offences and child abuse investigation teams (i.e. SOCIT)
- Family and friends
In what circumstances have Mazzeo Lawyers represented people who have experienced sexual abuse?
Mazzeo lawyers have acted on behalf people in relation to:
- Religious organisations
- Sporting clubs
- Government operated institutions
What is the difference between a civil claim and a criminal case?
A criminal case is commenced by reporting the abuse to the police who then conduct an investigation into the allegations and collect evidence. The police will then determine whether to charge the offender with a crime. A criminal proceeding is then conducted by the Office of Public Prosecutions, with the intention of convicting the offender.
In contrast, a civil claim is usually pursued against the individual who perpetrated the abuse, and where appropriate any relevant institution or organisation that is legally responsible for the abuse. In civil claims, the remedy sought is monetary, but can sometime also include other remedies such as apologies.
Do I have to report the sexual abuse to the police in order to make a claim for compensation?
It is not a requirement for a survivor to report their allegations of abuse to the police in order to pursue a civil case. However, some avenues to compensation do require a report to the police being made, for example Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal claims and Section 85B Sentencing Act claims.
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