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Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Compensation

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Child abuse compensation claims

Child abuse has a devastating and long-lasting impact on survivors and their loved ones.

If you are a survivor of sexual, physical, or psychological abuse that you or a loved one has suffered as a child, you may be entitled to compensation on a no win, no fee basis. 

Our compassionate and experienced team of abuse lawyers provide 100% confidential over-the-phone or face-to-face consultations.

Our team are supported by a team of expert consultants, including doctors and psychiatrists, to ensure that your claim for compensation is well supported and that you receive maximum justice in the minimum time possible. 

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National Redress Scheme vs a Civil Claim

Following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Chid Sexual Abuse, the Federal Government established the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

While the National Redress system provides an important and extremely valuable service, survivors should be aware that civil claims can often result in higher payouts – and that accepting a settlement under the National Redress System precludes you from seeking further damages.

For this reason, we strongly recommend that sexual abuse victims speak to a specialist lawyer before applying through the scheme.

A common misconception in sexual assault and child abuse cases is that a perpetrator has to face criminal charges before civil claims can be filed. This is not true. If you or a loved one is a sexual assault or child abuse survivor, you can sue for compensation even if no criminal charges have been filed. This often means that civil action can succeed where criminal action has failed.

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Do I need a lawyer to handle my claim?

Achieving a successful sexual abuse claim is a complex process. It requires the gathering of extensive evidence, the forming of in-depth legal arguments and intricate knowledge of the relevant laws and legal precedents. We know it takes a lot of courage to speak up and share your experience. That’s why our work is founded on compassion and unwavering commitment to supporting survivors.

Our extensive experience of building and winning these cases make Gerard Malouf & Partners the best choice in your fight for justice.

How do I prove a sexual abuse claim?

Helping sexual abuse survivors gather the evidence they need to bring a successful compensation claim is part of the service Gerard Malouf & Partners provides. You shouldn’t feel that you need to have done this work yourself before coming and speaking to us.

Based on our extensive experience of handling and winning sexual abuse compensation claims, evidence typically includes:

  • Proof of medical treatment costs (or counselling and / or physiotherapy)
  • Records of the victim and offender being in a given place when a sexual offence took place (e.g. enrollment in schools, residence at an aged care facility)
  • A victim’s signed statement of truth that their story is accurate
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What compensation can I expect for my Sexual Abuse Claim?

The awarding of financial compensation in civil cases breaks down into four areas:

  • Cost of treating the immediate physical or psychological injury
  • Ongoing medical costs, such as domestic care to recuperate from long-term injuries
  • Non-economic (pain and loss) damages for psychological or emotional distress
  • Loss of earnings or superannuation if the incident leaves you unable to work


In some cases, courts have awarded victims “aggravated and exemplary damages”. This usually occurs in special or extreme circumstances when the court wishes to make an example of the defendant.

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Why Gerard Malouf & Partners?

At Gerard Malouf & Partners, we understand how hard it is for victims of sexual assault and child abuse to walk through our doors. With a ‘triple-C’ attitude of “Compassion, Commitment and Competence” when managing our claims, we strive to make the compensation process as simple and painless as possible for our clients.

We act with the utmost integrity and are committed to the belief that part of the recovery process from such abuse is taking legal action to redress the injustice that has been done.

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Frequently Asked Questions

More information about Sexual Assault & Child Abuse compensation

Commonly asked questions concerning institutional sexual and child abuse claims:

A statute of limitations effectively sets a time limit on the start of legal proceedings. For offences that have a statute of limitations, claims have to be brought before the time limit expires.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual assault or physical or mental abuse as an adult, the statute of limitations is three years. If the victim was a child at the time of the offence there is no time limit.

We know from our experience that victims of child abuse, sexual assault and physical or mental abuse sometimes believe they are not entitled to compensation because the abuse happened some time ago.

But we have successfully won cases relating to historic offences, including claims against public and private schools where the abuse occurred over 20 years earlier. Times have changed and the courts are now more understanding of the reasons why such delays occur.

Claims for compensation can be brought against both individuals and organisations. Examples of successful claims for victims of child abuse, sexual assault, physical and mental abuse that we have previously handled include:

  • Professionals who have held a position of trust such as doctors, teachers, psychologists and psychiatrists
  • The Department of Community Services in New South Wales and equivalent departments Australia-wide
  • Religious organisations including the Catholic Church
  • Actions against public and private schools, including boarding schools
  • Where cases are brought against institutions, we have to show they have been negligent in allowing the abuse to happen. In such cases, we would look for evidence that the organisation knew about the perpetrator’s actions or ignored or failed to respond to complaints and warning signs.

A number of religious organisations are currently being investigated in Australia for multiple cases of sexual assault that occurred between their employees/members and people they were meant to be looking after.

Some of them include the Catholic Church, the Uniting Church in Australia, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd, and the the Anglican Church of Australia.

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Our Difficult Case Policy

At Gerard Malouf & Partners, it’s our professional obligation to strive for maximum justice and achievable compensation.

Our difficult case policy ensures that our senior lawyers and experienced management team oversee notably challenging cases. This makes sure that we achieve the best results for our clients seeking accident injury compensation.

We maintain integrity by not accepting a case if we believe it is unlikely to result in compensation, or if the costs to our client outweigh the benefits.

This is our core philosophy and what differentiates us from other law firms.

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Gerard Malouf & Partners have provided friendly, experienced legal advice to communities across Australia for over 35 years. Our Personal Injury Lawyers have taken on ten’s of thousands of cases and we are proud to have won billions of dollars for our clients.
Meet the diverse and dynamic team of compensation lawyers and supporting staff that have made this all happen below. Our multi-lingual team can discuss your claims in Arabic, Assyrian, Turkish, Greek, Italian, French, Serbian, Croatian, Armenian, Mandarin, Hindi, Punjabi or Malayalam.
Meet the diverse and dynamic team of compensation lawyers and supporting staff that have made this all happen below. Our multi-lingual team can discuss your claims in Arabic, Assyrian, Turkish, Greek, Italian, French, Serbian, Croatian, Armenian, Mandarin, Hindi, Punjabi or Malayalam.

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