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Stringer Clark is part of the highly regarded law firm Ryan Carlisle Thomas ('RCT'), which operates out of Melbourne and where we have Victoria’s largest and one its most influential institutional abuse legal practices. Our lawyers at Ryan Carlisle Thomas have secured compensation for many survivors of institutional and sexual abuse service nationally including clients throughout South Western Victoria.
While these clients are serviced from Ryan Carlisle Thomas offices, our lawyers service regional Victorians and even survivors of abuse who now reside in other States. Importantly, our firm has created and maintains a database of evidence supplied by our clients in abuse compensation claims who have permitted their story to be used in support of other claims. The database includes details of known or suspected perpetrators and the institutions where the abuse is alleged to have occurred. This database gives us a better chance of being able to corroborate allegations of abuse and strengthen client’s claims for compensation, even where the abuse alleged was committed long ago or where records may be limited or no longer exist.
The best chance survivors who are now living in regional Victoria have of securing a just settlement for compensation is through our team of experts.
Please visit the extensive Ryan Carlisle Thomas institutional and sexual abuse web page for further information on how to make a claim, types of compensation available, and additional resources including video .
It is unfortunate that country and regional Victoria has an unenviable reputation of being home to several known hotspots of sexual abuse such as Ballarat, Geelong and Colac.
Of the more than 2,500 clients for whom we acted, one quarter are from the regional and rural areas of Victoria.
While the Royal Commission has been important in exposing institutional responses to child sexual abuse and has encouraged more survivors to speak out about their suffering, we know that many people are still reluctant to come forward about the abuse they suffered because they continue to suffer from the long lasting effects and can be daunted by the legal obstacles faced in seeking compensation.
The survivors who have come forward have shown great courage in telling their stories, and they are often badly in need of financial help, including medical support, in order to retrieve their lives. Our firm provides clear advice and fights to just compensation for these people seeking not just money but acknowledgement and apologies.
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Established in January 2013, the Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse (https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au) is Australia’s largest-ever national inquiry into child sexual abuse. Over the past two years, the Commission has held dozens of private and public hearings across Australia to gather evidence from survivors and institutional leaders about how and why abuse happened and how institutions handled abuse complaints. Many of our clients have given evidence to the Royal Commission and found it to be a valuable way of putting their abuse story on the public record. The Commission is due to deliver its final report to the Federal government in December 2017.
While the Royal Commission is yet to release its final report, it has recommended that a national redress scheme to compensate survivors be set up, and that the Commonwealth Government be a “funder of last resort” where additional funds are needed to make good on compensation claims.
In the meantime, we encourage clients to pursue their entitlements to compensation now where feasible in order to take advantage of existing redress schemes already in existence, including under a protocol that we negotiated with the Victorian State Government where payments may be made to survivors of abuse at the hands of government institutions.
Legal action is also often possible through the courts, where there is sufficient evidence to support claims.
However, most of our cases for compensation are settled outside the court system.
As a law firm who has been a high profile advocate on behalf of survivors, we believe:
We undertake to keep our clients up to date with the latest news and information on institutional abuse generally, and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse specifically. We regularly write to our clients to advise them on on how any changes in the law may affect their legal rights including updates regarding any developments of a redress scheme.
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