Melbourne Abuse Lawyers

Personal Injury Lawyers

Helping victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, institutional abuse, and historical abuse seek the justice they deserve.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of abuse to obtain acknowledgement, treatment, counselling, redress, and meaningful compensation for the abuse they have suffered. It is never too late to seek justice.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers are well-versed in representing abuse victims, and it is our promise to handle every case with respect, integrity, and compassion. 

It does not matter how long ago the abuse took place; we are here to help victims of abuse seek the justice they deserve. 

When someone suffers abuse, the effects can be catastrophic and have a lasting impact on the victim’s life. No amount of money will change the past or takeaway the pain and suffering inflicted on you. However, if you decide you want to seek redress and compensation for what has been done to you, we can help you understand your legal rights and support you throughout the entire process.

We will fight determinedly to assist you and get you the best possible outcome, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred, nor how powerful the institution or person is that we are coming up against.

Our abuse lawyers are trained to listen and connect with our clients so that they can truly understand your life story. We know it is extremely difficult to talk about the past and the abuse you have suffered. You can have peace of mind in knowing that your private information and conversations with our team will remain confidential. We will only ever take steps that you are comfortable with, as instructed by you. You will be in complete control of the legal action you wish to take.

We will take on your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that if your claim is not successful, and you do not receive compensation, you will not have to pay for any of our legal costs.

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Our Process

Our Process - Step 1

1. Reach out

Tell us your story, we’re here to listen and support you.

Our Process - Step 2

2. Consultation

Our Melbourne lawyers will meet with you for your free no-obligation initial consultation.

Our Process - Step 3

3. Negotiation

We will manage all the negotiations and discussions on your behalf. We will fight to get you the best outcome possible.

Our Process - Step 4

4. Settlement

Once your claim has completed, we will process your compensation payment as soon as we receive your settlement.

FAQs – Abuse Claims

You can make an abuse claim against anyone who has abused you, including an individual or an institution who perpetrated the abuse.

Abuse claims can be made against:

  • Priests, churches, and other religious institutions
  • Kindergartens and childcare centres
  • Universities
  • Teachers and schools
  • Youth groups
  • Orphanages
  • Boys homes
  • Juvenile detention centres
  • Government agencies
  • The Australian Defence Force (ADF) – Army, Navy, RAAF
  • Prisons
  • Employers and workplaces
  • Other institutions and entities

Victims of abuse have the right to come forward against an alleged perpetrator whenever they feel comfortable to do so. For this reason, there is no time limit for victims of abuse to claim compensation through the courts for damages relating to the injuries resulting from child abuse, including psychological injuries.

In Victoria, victims of historical abuse or child sexual abuse can bring a historical abuse claim for compensation at any time.

To understand your rights and to determine your entitlements, contact our expert team on 1800 621 071. They will be able to talk you through the steps to take to claim for compensation.

There have been significant changes made to legislation over the years to support abuse victims and remove the obstacles that were once in place, giving claimants easier access to the compensation and justice they deserve.

The amount of compensation you may be entitled to claim will depend on a number of factors and will be specific to your case and the nature of the abuse that took place.

You may be able to claim compensation for:

  • pain and suffering
  • income or wage loss
  • treatment costs
  • care and assistance or home help costs
  • you may also be able to claim from the defendant a significant contribution to your legal fees.


Once we have a better understanding of your story, our compensation lawyers will be able to provide you with a clearer indication about what you may be able to claim.

Our expert abuse lawyers will be here to support you through every stage of your claim.  

In addition to providing you with trusted legal services and effective communication, we are also able to give you access to leading barristers, counsellors, support groups, psychiatrists, doctors, investigators, and other professionals that can help you and your claim.

Our focus is to offer you the support you need and to fight for your rights.

When you feel ready to discuss your story and make a claim for compensation, we are here any time to help you take the first step. You can contact our team on our 24/7 phone line 1800 621 071.

We will talk you through the process. Whilst there are no guarantees, most abuse claims are resolved out of court at confidential settlement conferences. At a settlement conference we speak on your behalf so that you do not have to unless you want to share your story.

Abuse claims generally take anywhere from 6-18 months to settle. Once we are able to understand your story and what steps need to be taken, we will be able to give you a more specific timeframe around settling your claim.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers have acted for victims of abuse and mistreatment across Victoria for over 75 years. 

Our abuse lawyers are trained to listen and connect with you to ensure that we understand what matters most to you and that we can help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Our Melbourne team are leaders in their field and will fight fiercely for you. We will work tirelessly to make sure we leave no stone unturned and will communicate with you regularly so that you are kept up to date throughout the entire process.

We offer a No Win, No Fee guarantee on all abuse claims so there are no upfront costs. We understand that making an abuse claim can be very confronting and overwhelming. We are here to support you in every way and will do everything we can to take the stress out of the process and help you get the justice you deserve.

No Win, No Fee Melbourne Lawyers

Attwood Marshall Lawyers offer a No Win, No Fee guarantee on all abuse claims. This means you only pay our legal fees if you win your case and receive compensation. There are no upfront costs for you to worry about. We offer a free, no-obligation and confidential appointment so that we can better understand your story and determine what you may be entitled to. You can make an appointment to visit our team at Level 2, Riverside Quay, 1 Southbank Boulevard, Melbourne or simply speak to us over the phone or via Zoom.

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If you have been the victim of abuse, no matter when that abuse occurred, you may qualify for a compensation claim. It costs you nothing to find out.

Get in touch with our friendly team today for a confidential discussion by calling 1800 621 071 or enter your details into our form and we will contact you.

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