News of the alleged abuse towards juvenile detainees in the Northern Territory (NT) has spread quickly around the world. With the mistreatment tarnishing Australia’s commitment to human rights, there are a number of outcomes available to victims.
With the help of a compensation lawyer, many victims of domestic and child abuse as well as sexual assault have been able to obtain reparations and compensation for their injuries.
Commission into alleged abuses on-going
In July, the Prime Minister of Australia and the Attorney-General jointly announced that a royal commission had been created to investigate the detention of children and protection measures in the NT. Leading the commission will be former Supreme Court Judge Margaret White and former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda.
The commission comes after visual evidence was released by ABC that showed the mistreatment of young men. Among the shocking images was an video of a young man with a spit hood on, while strapped to a mechanical restraint chair.
While the commission is solely focussing on the detention centre, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert wants it to look at the national picture as well, the Guardian reported. In a letter to the prime minister, the senator wants a “two-tiered” system with a six-month timeframe for the NT and then an expansion to focus on the whole of Australia.
Options available to victims
Mistreatment and abuse can leave deep scars that fester over time. With limited options for restoration, many repress their feelings in an attempt to move on.
The example above offers a clear indication of when compensation can be sought. In this case, due to the intimate relationship between the abusers and the facility that housed the young men, there is space to seek compensation for injuries occurred.
Like all forms of legal action, in-depth legal knowledge and expertise are essential to success. As such, it is important to seek the advice and guidance of an experienced sexual assault lawyer.
At Gerard Malouf and Partners Compensation, Medical negligence and Will dispute lawyers, we offer a no win no fee guarantee that can help you overcome and financial obstacles. Rather than asking for upfront costs, we take our payments form your successful settlement.
With our compassionate approach to working with victims and their families, you can rest assured that your best interests are at the heart of every discussion. Talk to a representative of Gerard Malouf and Partners Compensation, Medical negligence and Will dispute lawyers today to find out more.