Suing an institution for historic child abuse

If you have been subject to abuse, such as sexual abuse, while in the care of an institution as a child, you may have a claim for historic child abuse

We understand that no amount of financial compensation can ever make up for the abuse you suffered at the hands of people who you were meant to trust. However, monetary compensation can assist you in your path of recovery.

Trauma-informed lawyers

Our expert lawyers can assist you in receiving the compensation that you deserve.

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors have experience representing clients for claims against religious institutions, such as the Catholic Church, Commonwealth and State-run institutions including juvenile justice facilities and private bodies including private schools.

We are able to offer no-win, no-fee claims for these bodies in certain circumstances, so that you don’t have to pay legal costs until you receive compensation.

Our lawyers are trauma-informed, so they know how to deal with those who have experienced this sort of abuse as a child.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors have represented witnesses in every Royal Commission over the past decade including the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.

The representation includes the preparation of statements through to putting forward of testimonial accounts by clients, and cross-examining adverse witnesses. 

Peter O’Brien has represented a number of witnesses who gave evidence about sexual abuse by clergy within the Catholic Church during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Mr O’Brien artfully cross-examined many key witnesses including Catholic Cardinal George Pell.

Institutional child abuse case studies

Here are just two examples of the type of institutional child abuse cases that we have completed. 

Martin Historical Institutional Child Sexual Abuse by Church
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