FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I have suffered abuse from a member of a church organisation, what should I do?
Specialist Lawyers understand that the abuse of trust aspect can be the most difficult to come to terms with. If you have been abused by someone in a position of trust you may be able to pursue a prosecution or claim compensation. Remember abuse can be physical or sexual abuse when you were a child or as an adult.
Should I talk to the Police?
You should tell the police about the abuse you endured, as soon as you feel able to talk about it. If you have been abused by someone in a position of trust you may be able to pursue a prosecution or claim compensation. Remember abuse can be physical or sexual abuse when you were a child or as an adult.
In most countries, the police have dedicated officers who will listen to your complaints with compassion and will take your allegations seriously. Not all police are trained to deal with these types of allegations and if possible, you should ask to speak to a specially trained police officer. Once you have discussed the details of your experience, the police will be able to investigate the allegations.
Can I claim compensation and where from?
Your lawyer may advise that you can pursue a claim through the civil courts.
Some countries also operate government compensation schemes and you should talk to your lawyer about them.
Is there a time limit on when I can claim ?
Time limits and their flexibility differs between countries. You should ask your lawyer about this.
How would I pay for a claim ?
Most countries have a government funded legal aid scheme to help victims of abuse. You should ask your lawyer if you are eligible
What compensation can I get ?
I understand that no amount of compensation will make up for the appalling abuse some people have suffered but it can help you get through difficult times and help pay for psychotherapy. Levels of compensation vary between countries.
Will my details be kept confidential ?
You can be assured that using an expert lawyer, from the list I have set out below will mean that your details will be treated in the strictest confidence. Your identity and personal information will be kept confidential at all times.
Will I have to go to Court ?
Most cases settle out of court making it very unlikely that you will have to attend court. In some cases though it may be necessary and your lawyer will take you through the process.
How do I find an expert lawyer ?
Below are the lawyers I know who are experts in this field and should be reliable.
If you have had a good experience with a lawyer, please send his/her details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
England and Wales
David Greenwood contact: email@example.com
Telephone: 01924 868911
David Short at Lawford and Kidd Solicitors Edinburgh
Telephone: 0131 225 5214
Christian Sailer contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Anderson and Associates contact: www.andersonadvocates.com
West Bell St. 1928
PO Box 10899 Phone: (04) 499 9025
The Terrace Fax: (04) 499 0299
Republic of Ireland
Lavelle Coleman Dublin contact: email@example.com
SAP Letselschade Advocaten
Martin de Witte
3800 AT Amersfoort
T 033 461 30 48
F 033 461 72 40
Italy (details to be added)
Spain (details to be added)
Norway (details to be added)
Sweden (details to be added)
Finland (details to be added)
Poland (details to be added)
Austria (details to be added)
Greece (details to be added)
Portugal (details to be added)
France (details to be added)