Sexual & Institutional Abuse

Damage caused by childhood sexual abuse has effect throughout a person’s life.  Through efforts of many survivors, and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the extent of abuse by individuals entrusted with care of children, and in positions of power is becoming known.
We act for individuals who have suffered sexual and institutional abuse.  We will:
  • Advise on legal options for compensation and other redress
  • Provide obligation free advice on prospects in any claim
  • Assist in making any claim for victims compensation or under any other statutory scheme
  • Act in proceedings for damages in relation to claims of sexual and institutional abuse.
We focus on providing constructive, compassionate advice and representation.
The Royal Commission
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Common law compensation
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Victims of crime compensation
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Redress Schemes
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Common Questions

Our fee policy in sexual and institutional abuse matters

We act on a ‘no win no fee’ basis for persons who have suffered from institutional abuse. This means that we will investigate your claim and, if no claim is brought on your behalf, then you will not be charged for any of the costs incurred in investigating your claim.

If a claim is commenced on your behalf then we will enter into a Costs Agreement with you in which we will undertake to pay all the disbursements incurred in litigating your claim (court fees, fees for expert report) and not charge you for the legal costs as your matter progresses. If you are not successful in your claim, you will not pay our costs or disbursements. If you are successful in your claim, then you will recover most of your costs from the defendant. Find out more…

What compensation options exist?

Individuals who suffered abuse as a child may have rights for compensation and redress from a variety of sources, including:

  • common law claims for damages
  • an application under victims of crime legislation
  • (from 2018) an application on the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse
  • internal redress schemes operated by some institutions.

The individual facts of each matter will determines which form(s) of compensation is most appropriate. Different issues, including time limits, apply to depending on the facts. Segelov Taylor Lawyers can provide expert assistance and guidance on options available for individuals.  Some types of claim may be brought together, while others involve giving up other rights.

Is talking to a lawyer confidential?

Yes. Any information you provide your lawyer is covered by legal professional privilege.

Where can I get a copy of the Royal Commission report from?

The Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse is available from its website.  Go to

Do time limits apply for sexual abuse claims?

Time limits for common law claims relating to sex abuse were abolished in New South Wales in 2016.  The law varies on a state by state basis.  Please contact us to find out what claims are available to you.

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