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Child Abuse

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Institutional Abuse

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Religious Abuse

Abuse in the name of a faith

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Abuse Types

The following list is not exhaustive, but is typical of the types of abuse we deal with. If your abuse does not fall into any of these categories, get in touch with us by email or fill in our form, as we may be able to help you. You can also read our free legal help pages – Free Legal Help

CHILD ABUSE Abuse of a child by another person  in a sexual, physical or emotional manner.
ELDER ABUSE Sexual, financial, physical, or emotional abuse of an elderly person by another, or conduct resulting in harm.
RELIGIOUS ABUSE Abuse of a person by a member of a religious organisation, or abuse committed as a result of a ritual permitted by that organisation, particularly where the religious person uses their position in order to exert control.
PUBLIC BODY Abuse committed by a person employed or managed by a public body or the negligence of an employee of a public body which leads to abuse taking place.
DOMESTIC ABUSE the abuse of one partner within an intimate or family relationship. It is the repeated, random and habitual use of intimidation to control a partner. The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual.
HUMAN RIGHTS Cases involving a breach of Human Rights as defined by the Human Rights Act 1998.
SEXUAL EXPLOITATION Defined as a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.
INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE Institutional abuse is the mistreatment, abuse or neglect of an adult at risk by a regime or individuals.
RITUAL ABUSE Defined as a severe form of abuse of children, adolescents and adults. consisting of physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual abuse involving the use of rituals or ceremonial abuse.

Legal Rights

It has become increasingly recognised that children and other vulnerable members of Society including adults with learning disabilities are vulnerable to abuse. This can take the form of for example physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse.

Abuse can be due to neglect, inappropriate restraint, the provision of inappropriate services and treatment, or the withholding of appropriate services and treatment.

Abuse can potentially occur wherever there is a power imbalance in a relationship, for example, in Residential Care Homes, respite and day care organisations and in Schools.

Any person who has experienced abuse may be entitled to claim financial compensation. In many cases, compensation could be recovered by pursuing a claim for compensation in the Civil Courts.

In many instances where a person has suffered an injury as a result of a crime of violence, that person may be entitled to receive compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Often however, the amount awarded can be relatively small.

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