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Abuse Law

Compassionate & Trusted Abuse Lawyers

In Australia, we have a range of laws to protect individuals against abuse. Laws can also vary in individual states or territories, depending on where you are located. Laws can also vary in individual states or territories, depending on where you are located and when the abuse took place.

The recent findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse documented a long national nightmare of institutional child sexual abuse. It highlighted the power imbalance and the deployment of available legal barriers to prevent survivors seeking justice from these institutions. Based on the findings, the Royal Commission recommended extraordinary statutory reforms to remove the legal barriers which had prevented survivor’s claims being determined.

Our experienced abuse lawyers can help abuse survivors understand their legal rights, and obtain justice and achieve compensation for harm and other losses suffered.

We understand the grave importance of keeping our clients safe while bringing a claim against institutional defendants for compensation. Our client’s safety is our first priority and we will do everything in our power to assist them, both in their legal matter, but also in assisting them to access the support they may require during the process.

How Can Abuse Law Lawyer Help Me?

Our Abuse Law experts work sensitively and compassionately with all survivors of abuse.

The effects of abuse often last a lifetime. There is no monetary value that could possibly truly compensate for such experiences. In many instances, the desire to be heard, believed, and publicly vindicated through civil proceedings often outweighs financial motivations for survivors. However, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs of having to seek care, support, treatment, and for the impact it has had on your ability to work, live, and function as normal.

Compensation may also cover things like:

It would be a mistake to regard child abuse as historical; as something we no longer need to be concerned about. Unfortunately, the abuse of children continues to take place within our communities and institutions. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, you must seek help as soon as possible. Contact the police, your local support service, or one of our experienced abuse lawyers for immediate advice and assistance.

Littles can determine whether you have prospects to advance a claim against a responsible institution. Our expert abuse lawyers provide confidential and practical advice in simple language, and you will be supported and guided at all times through the process.

Church or Church-Run Institutions

Religious Institutions

Child sexual abuse has occurred in a broad range of institutional contexts across Australia, and over many decades. However, there have been more allegations of child sexual abuse in relation to institutions managed by religious organisations than any other management type. Religious leaders and institutions across Australia have previously acknowledged that children suffered sexual abuse while in their care, and many have also accepted that their responses to this abuse were inadequate. The failures of religious institutions are troubling because these institutions have played, and continue to play, an integral and unique role in the lives of many children. They have also been key providers of education, health and social welfare services for many years. We assist survivors to pursue justice.

Discover how we can help with your abuse claim.


Australian schools can be broadly categorised as government and non-government schools. Government schools are established and run by state and territory governments. Non-government schools are either independent or religious including schools that are affiliated or associated with a religious organisation. Abuse in Australian schools can take various forms, including abuse by teaching staff, non-teaching staff, and other students. Many factors can also increase the risk of abuse, including residential facilities, the physical environment such as private spaces on school grounds, and the institutional and hierarchical culture of a school.

Learn how our abuse lawyers can help with your claim.
Juvenile Detention Centres

Juvenile Detention Centres and other detention environments

Children can be detained in Australia in a range of lawful detention and detention-like environments. These include physically ‘closed’ and community based environments, and otherwise ‘open’ institutions in which children are subjected to restrictive practices. This includes youth detention, immigration detention, and secure psychiatric and disability services. All of these institutions are places where children are extremely vulnerable and the power imbalances between adult and children within them are great. Varying levels of oversight, and connectedness to relatives and outside contacts are all factors that contribute to the safety or lack of safety of children.

Contact us to discover how we can assist with a claim involving abuse experienced within a detention environment.
National Redress Scheme

National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme, or NRS, is in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It is important you understand your common law rights, including your potential eligibility under the NRS. We can help survivors to determine which option is most suited to them.

Learn more about the NRS.
Church or Church-Run Institutions
Juvenile Detention Centres
National Redress Scheme
When it comes to deciding whether to make an abuse claim, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible as delay can cause the loss of key evidence. So take advantage of our FREE initial consultation. The sooner we can determine your eligibility to make a claim, the sooner we can help you seek compensation. However, it’s important to understand that even if you or a loved one are not eligible for compensation, you may be able to access other support and redress under the current National Redress Scheme.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve probably seen a lot of lawyers use the term ‘No Win, No Fee’. Long story short: you only pay us when you achieve a successful outcome. So if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.

Let’s break it down.

  • We start by reviewing your claim in detail and give you a clear assessment of your prospects for success. We’re experts in compensation law, so we can give you an accurate assessment of your claim.
  • Once we’ve established that you should pursue your claim, you can tell us if you want us to proceed as your legal representatives. To formally appoint us as your legal representative, you will enter into a ‘Conditional Costs Agreement’ with us. This is a legal contract that sets out the likely costs of running your claim based on our fees, as well as the rights and responsibilities of you as the client and us as your legal representatives.
  • We’ll explain it clearly and thoroughly, with as little legal speak as possible – we promise you’ll understand it completely.
  • Importantly, this agreement will set out the ‘No Win, No Fee’ arrangement in black and white. This specifies that you will not pay us anything if your claim is not successful. Our ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement also covers you for disbursements, or outlays. These are expenses that we may need to pay to progress your claim, including medical reports, expert witness fees and barristers’ fees.
  • In certain circumstances, you may be required to pay the other party’s legal costs if you are unsuccessful.
  • Remember, your success rests on you providing us with an honest, comprehensive account of all matters relevant to your claim.

Yes! At Littles, we have lawyers for everyone. Like Australia, we are diverse and proud of it. We believe that everyone deserves high-quality legal representation.

We offer our services in more than sixteen different languages, including:

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